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 Rumors: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles could trade for LaMichael James


The San Francisco 49ers will soon get their first look at two running backs, 2013 draft pick Marcus Lattimore and 2014 draft pick Carlos Hyde.

The arrival of those two players has only added fuel to the fire that 49ers could trade former Oregon Ducks’ running back LaMichael James. There have been rumors of a potential deal for some time, but the 49ers have continued to deny reports that they are shopping James.

Despite that report, Chris Wesseling of NFL.com believes the 49ers still could trade James.

Left out of the 49ers’ running back rotation even before the arrivals of Carlos Hyde and a relatively healthy Marcus Lattimore, James has seemingly been on the trading block for a year now. We suspect he hasn’t been moved because no team is willing to part with a mid- to late-round draft pick for an underwhelming scatback. He did star at Oregon under Eagles coach Chip Kelly.

Wesseling lists a pair of NFC East rivals, the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles as potential landing spots for James if he is traded.

James, of course, played for Kelly and could be an explosive weapon for an Eagle team that added former San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints’ running back Darren Sproles, but lost one of the game’s elite deep threats in wide receiver DeSean Jackson. The Cowboys could also obviously find a place to use James, whether it is as a receiving weapon out of the back field or as a return man.

James rushed for 59 yards and was both a punt and kick returner last season.

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  • Sergio Surroco

    Cowboys will pass on him.. Sorry

  • Old Frog

    I want to see Copeland carry the ball.

  • David

    I dont see it happening unless they think Dunbar might not be back fully healthy..

  • cjhowardo

    I love the confidence all the cowgirls fans have in that crazy old bat that runs your team. You’re right… he won’t do anything dumb. Oh wait, Jerry hasn’t made a single good decision since Jimmy Johnson left town. Enjoy another decade of 8-8 ball. Fly Eagles Fly!!!

  • Matty ice

    Trade Dunbar at least James will be on the field and help us out Dunbar takes a hit he’s off the field I like what he can do in space but he’s a little narrow and he can’t take those hits james is small guy but a little more bulk than Dunbar!!

  • loverpoint

    Apparently James feels he his a starting RB or a #2 RB on any other team in the NFL and has said to the 49er’s that if they won’t let him play he wants out.

    Other teams showcase the player they want to trade in order to spark interest, Trent Baalke has done the opposite, he has mothballed James and hopes other teams will take into account how James played in college and the fact that he has had no injuries and is well rested. Unfortunately for Baalke other teams don’t think the way he does.

    Since becoming the GM of the 49ers Baalke has drafted 4 RBs ( 2 / 2nd rounders – James and Hyde and 2 / 4th rounders – Hunter and Lattimore. ) . That may not seem like a lot to give up for an RB but considering that RB’s very seldom get taken in the 1st rounds of drafts anymore these were some quality picks the 49ers used in order to draft backups.

    My philosophy is that the 49ers should play the heck out of Hunter, James, Lattimore, and Hyde to determine who gets traded , Since James is #1 on the list of possible trades then maybe he should get the bulk of the carries in summer camp. By not playing him his stock only continues to go down.

    • SF49ers_Pick6

      LaMichael James CANNOT block. That’s why he is not playing as much in RB position.