Originally posted by OnTheClock:
I don't see us trading for anyone because of the following reasons:
1) We already traded for Baldwin, and he's in the process still (probably getting pretty close now) in getting completely caught up with our offense.
2) Manningham is expected back in the near future.
3) Crabtree is expected back later on.
4) They like Patton and he's developing.
None of the above matter if you are a Super Bowl contender. At this point, this very, very, very early point, one would expect the road to the Super Bowl to go through Seattle. The 49ers don't win in Seattle unless they get a lot better at WR and QB.
The offense is in the stone age (again). This will work against 75 - 80% of the teams in the league as long as the defense keeps playing as well as they do. But the Broncos exist. And I don't know that stone age can beat the Seahawks. They need a big tough, Dez Bryant-esque WRer who has speed and the ability to get up and get the ball in the red zone and fight off Seattle's DBs.
Manningham has historically been a number 3 receiver who they were going to cut - but he took a pay cut to stay with the team. His contract expires after this year. He signed with the 49ers under a modest deal late after there was not a ton of interest from other teams.
Crabtree's value has skyrocketed this year when you look at how much the passing offense has struggled without him. He's coming off a major injury and November is highly optimistic. He also could be gone after next year.
Baldwin is a failed pick who was traded for a failed pick. I hope he turns out OK. But I'm not banking on him as a #2 for a SB contender.
Patton is a rookie 4th rounder.
Gordon is a game changer, with elitle tangibles. This isn't 2008 anymore. We're not building for the future - we're trying to get back to the SB given a small window of opportunity we have before CK and Aldon and Crabs get paid big bucks.
Smart teams make these moves a year (or two) before they have to. To me, getting Gordon would be a smart move.
Andy Behrens just posted this on twitter and it is a good point.
Andy Behrens @andybehrens4m
OK, you can't convince me that return of post-ACL Mario & post-Achilles Crabtree is reason to not trade for a healthy Josh Gordon. Good try
[ Edited by RKab on Oct 7, 2013 at 3:32 PM ]