SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Now that weather in England has permitted me to return home from covering the San Francisco 49ers’ week in London, let’s take a look at a couple of developments (or lack thereof) Tuesday.
No trade: The 49ers were connected to every receiver available this year. But, as expected, they did not make a deal. I think if Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree were out for the year, the 49ers would have made a big push for Cleveland’s Josh Gordon.
But the 49ers will get the receivers back for the stretch run.
Now, perhaps in the offseason, the 49ers will re-evaluate and look to make a deal for an impact receiver like Gordon.
It was also no surprise backup running back Anthony Dixon wasn’t dealt. The NFL Network reported during the weekend he was available. Dixon, a free agent at the end of the season, is a key member of the 49ers’ strong special teams and he may now be the kick returner. He took over against Jacksonville when Kyle Williams struggled. Dixon could keep the job moving forward.
Carradine activated: Rookie defensive lineman Tank Carradine was activated to the 53-man roster from the physically unable to perform list Tuesday. He tore his ACL at Florida State last year. To make room for Carradine, the No. 40 overall draft pick in April, the team cut linebacker Jermaine Cunningham. He never played for the 49ers.
Neither move was surprising. Carradine had to be activated by early next week. Expect him to get on the field in the next couple of weeks. The team will activate Manningham and cornerback Eric Wright, barring major setbacks, next week.