Trent Baalke dismissed reports of the San Francisco 49ers looking to trade
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.
Because they’re voluntary, the GM simply pointed out.
Baalke also explained that James recently had a child.
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.”