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NFL trade deadline: Position-by-position look at 49ers' plan of attack

NFL trade deadline: Position-by-position look at 49ers' plan of attack

The NFL trade deadline is set for Tuesday, Oct. 29. But some teams, such as the Los Angeles Rams, did not wait until the last minute. There were a flurry of trades Tuesday – a full two weeks before the deadline.

Meanwhile, the 49ers have not made a trade since a couple of deals on the third day of the NFL draft in late-April.

Still, general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan are looking forward to adding multiple starting players to their lineup in the coming weeks.

No, the 49ers are not expecting to acquire a player or two from outside the organization at any cost. Instead, they expect to shore up some areas of their team with the return of key players from injuries.

The 49ers expect to fortify their lineup with the returns of offensive tackles Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey, fullback Kyle Juszczyk, cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon and slot receiver Trent Taylor.

Lynch and Shanahan said the club is always looking to improve, but they always will weigh the short-term benefit and the long-term advantage of any trade.

Here's a position-by-position look at the 49ers’ prospects for making a trade

Why Richard Sherman doesn't feel 49ers need to make blockbuster trade

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Why Richard Sherman doesn't feel 49ers need to make blockbuster trade

SANTA CLARA – Cornerback Richard Sherman is not clamoring for the 49ers’ front office to make a blockbuster trade.

He said he likes the roster that coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch and his staff have assembled. The 49ers head into their home opener on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a 2-0 record.

“I think we’re good with what we have,” Sherman said on Thursday. “We leave that to the front office. I don’t make those decisions. But, obviously, they felt comfortable with what we had going into the season. That’s why they cut the guys they cut and kept the guys they kept.”

Washington holdout offensive tackle Trent Williams might be available in a trade, but the 49ers are set to go with rookie Justin Skule at left tackle for up to two months as Joe Staley recovers from a fractured left fibula.

“(We are) really confident in our guys at every position,” Sherman said. “It’s unfortunate we had an injury at tackle, but fortunately we’ll get Joe back at some point in the season and we believe in the guys we have to hold down the ship until he comes back.

“I think we’re really confident in our DBs and our corners, our linebackers, our D-line, our O-line, our backs, our quarterback, obviously, and our receivers. So we’re ready to go.”

There has been plenty of trade activity in recent weeks in the NFL.

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The Steelers come to town with new defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, whom they recently acquired in a trade.

A source told NBC Sports Bay Area this week that the 49ers are “not in” on a potential trade with Jacksonville for two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey due to the price in draft picks it would take to acquire him as well as the cost of signing him to a lucrative contract extension. Ramsey requested a trade earlier this week, and Jacksonville general manager David Caldwell has reached out to teams to gauge interest in a deal.

Should 49ers trade for Trent Williams after Joe Staley's broken leg?

Should 49ers trade for Trent Williams after Joe Staley's broken leg?

The 49ers' version of Mr. Reliable will be off the field for at least six to eight weeks. Left tackle Joe Staley, who has missed a total of four games since 2011, will be sidelined for an extended period of time.

He will miss more than those four games alone this season after breaking his left fibula in the 49ers' 41-17 blowout road win Sunday over the Bengals. Staley expects to be out for six weeks, but don't put that timeline in pen. The 49ers are lucky his injury doesn't require season-ending surgery, but it remains to be seen when he'll fully return to health.

So with Staley injured, what should the 49ers do now?

Coach Kyle Shanahan turned to rookie Justin Skule when Staley went down Sunday, but a sixth-round draft pick isn't exactly who you want protecting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's blind side. The 49ers could go bargain hunting ... or they could turn to a star who Shanahan is familiar with. 

With their first 2-0 start since 2012, the 49ers have playoff aspirations. Coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch have to assess this team's immediate future, which means they should entertain the idea of trading for Washington's left tackle Trent Williams, who still is holding out for a larger contract. 

Williams, 31, is a seven-time Pro Bowler and a beast of a man at 6-foot-5 and 320 pounds. He desperately wants out of Washington and has worked with Shanahan before, when the 49ers coach was his offensive coordinator for four seasons from 2010 through 2013. But Williams would come with a hefty price tag. 

To acquire Williams, the 49ers likely would have to give up a first-round draft pick, and they already lost their 2020 second-round pick when they traded for Dee Ford. Williams also has a $14.6 million salary-cap hit for 2020. Williams wants a new deal and the 49ers likely would have to secure him for the long haul. 

If that would be the case, the 49ers would be choosing Williams over Staley, who they signed to a new contract through 2021 this past offseason. Staley, 35, wants to be in red and gold his entire career. Are the 49ers willing to demote a player who has been loyal through tumultuous times?

The more likely scenario has the 49ers trading for another depth tackle. But is that the right move? 

Garoppolo showed superstar flashes Sunday. The 49ers have a plethora of running backs who can break off big runs and their defensive line might be the best in the NFL. Through two weeks, this team looks like a top-10 team in football

[RELATED: Now-injured Staley vows to coach 49ers rookie left tackle]

Lynch and Shanahan are sick of losing. In Year 3, they have playoffs on their minds. How far are they willing to go, though? 

The 49ers have a big decision to make and they can't waste any time while doing so.