Dec 29, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back LaMichael James (23) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Trade Rumors: San Francisco 49ers actively shopping LaMichael James to move up in draft

It’s been whispered that the San Francisco 49ers may want to move up in the 2014 NFL Draft, however to do so, they would have to make someone in the front a very lucrative offer, and according to Matt Barrows at the Sacramento Bee, the team is actively shopping running back LaMichael James to make this potentially happen.

If the 49ers wanted to maneuver higher in next month’s draft, they could offer another team multiple drafts in return or they could offer a team picks a player. That player? According to a league source, the 49ers have been shopping running back LaMichael James, a second-round pick in the 2012 draft.

James already has seen limited playing time in the San Francisco backfield with both Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter in front of him on the roster, and this season will see the debut of 2012 draft pick Marcus Lattimore, who sat out last season while still recovering from a gruesome knee injury during his last season at South Carolina.

So with that being said, James is absolutely considered dispensable by the team and is the perfect trade bait for a team with his skill set. He can not only help a team out in the running game that needs it, but he has at the very least proven himself as a reliable special teams contributor with the Niners, so someone would be getting a potentially great all-around threat.

The only question now is, who do the 49ers want, and who are they talking with about trading the services of James?


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