San Francisco 49ers running back LaMichael James might be feeling a little under used. On the season he has 7 carries for 31 yards. James has also been inactive for 23 regular season games in his career. As teams look to replace injured running backs, James has become a valuable trade asset. Unfortunately for those interested, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke isn’t interested in hearing offers.
“We’re not interested in trading LaMichael,” Baalke said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “LaMichael’s a key player.”
It is curious that they wouldn’t trade a player essentially sitting on the shelf though.
“We have a crowded backfield — that plays into it,” he said. “When he’s gotten his opportunity, you’ve seen his ability.”
While Baalke said they weren’t interested in trading him, they left the door open.
“You never know what tomorrow brings with respect to personnel and your roster,” Baalke said. “You’re always looking.”
In seven games including the playoffs last year, while filling in for the injured Kendall Hunter, he rushed for 190 yards, averaging 5 yards a carry. He also averaged 27.6 yards on 21 kick off returns.