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49ers Not Looking to Trade LaMichael James

Posted Apr 25, 2014

San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke dismissed reports that said the team was looking to trade third-year running back LaMichael James.

Trent Baalke dismissed reports of the San Francisco 49ers looking to trade LaMichael James.

Asked on Friday if the 49ers have interest in trading the third-year running back, the 49ers general manager replied, “No.”

James has not taken part in the team’s offseason workouts so far, but Baalke doesn’t have any problem with it.

Why?

Because they’re voluntary, the GM simply pointed out.

Baalke also explained that James recently had a child.

“He has a new baby at home settling into life,” Baalke said. “This is voluntary. This isn’t where they have to be right now. You have to trust that the guys that aren’t here are working just as hard as the guys who are here.”

Baalke acknowledged James venting on social media about his role in the 49ers offense.

While the 49ers GM isn’t a proponent of Twitter, or “twittering” as he jokingly said, he is aware of James’ posts.

“He’s a competitor,” Baalke said. “I’d be disappointed if he wasn’t disappointed that he wasn’t getting on the field as much as he wanted to. I’d be much more concerned about that than his frustration of not playing.”

James took over the team’s punt return and kick return responsibilities in 2013. He did, however, only rush the ball 12 times for 59 yards last season.

“If you’re a competitor, you want to be on the field,” Baalke added. “You want the ball in your hands if you’re a running back.

“I’m glad there’s some disappointment.”

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