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49ers Have Trade Partners Lined Up

Posted May 7, 2014

San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke knows "it takes two to dance" when executing a draft-day trade. The 49ers have contacted other clubs about potential trade scenarios.


With 11 picks entering the 2014 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers have plenty of ammunition to execute draft-day trades.

For one to actually happen, luck, mutual interest and extensive pre-planning are all required.

“It takes two to dance,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke told 49ers.com. “You don’t know what’s going to happen. You don’t know what other teams are going to do ahead of you.

“We have an idea what teams are willing to work with us in partnership in order to make a trade happen. Then your player has to be there.”

The 49ers have lined up several potential scenarios, but Baalke is “not ready to finalize anything” prior to the draft.

As the weekend unfolds, Baalke and the rest of the staff could utilize up to four phones at any given time in the draft room.

“I’ll make a lot of the calls,” Baalke said. “(President) Paraag (Marathe) will make some calls and coach (Jim Harbaugh) will make some calls. Heck, we’ll even get (CEO) Jed (York) involved at times making calls. It really depends on how much action is taking place and how many people we have to contact.”

The 49ers scouting staff finalized its draft board on Tuesday, though last-minute alterations could still take place.

“We’re definitely ready to get this show on the road,” Baalke said. “A lot of people have put in a lot of time and we’re glad it’s here.”

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