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John Lynch on where the 49ers stand as trade deadline looms

Oct 20, 2023 at 9:13 AM--

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The October 31 trade deadline quickly approaches. The San Francisco 49ers have already made one move, acquiring pass rusher Randy Gregory from the Denver Broncos. Will they make another move before Halloween?

A year ago today, the 49ers finalized the trade for running back Christian McCaffrey, who made an immediate impact on the team and continues to be one of its standout players.

Personally, if they decide to make another trade, I hope they do so well before the deadline. After all, I've got eager trick-or-treaters looking forward to that date for non-NFL-related reasons.

Understandably, general manager John Lynch didn't divulge much about the 49ers' plans during his weekly interview on the Bay Area radio station KNBR.

"Yeah, I think this time of the year, it's just a lot of phone calls with other teams," Lynch said on the "Murph and Mac" show. "Where are you guys at? What are you looking for? Who's available? So it's a lot of those things, and then you start to hone in on, okay, in the right situation, these are the guys we'd like to have.

"And so it's just a lot of communication with other teams. I think we've got a proven track record. We're not afraid to be active, and if it can help our team, I think the one thing, we've remained relatively healthy, number one. Number two, we got a pretty deep and talented roster already.

"So, you know, it's got to really make sense for us. But we're certainly not afraid to make a splash, if needed, and if we think it can improve us. And that's just not a stock answer."

There remains plenty of time between now and October 31, at least in NFL terms. Situations can shift rapidly, and you never know what your team's needs, or the needs of others, might be as the deadline approaches.

Lynch added, "We'll continue to monitor, continue to communicate, and if we can make a difference on this team, we will."

You can listen to the entire conversation with Lynch below.

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