Baalke: LaMichael James will not be traded

Baalke: LaMichael James will not be traded
February 21, 2014, 12:15 pm
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LaMichael James has 39 carries for 184 yards in two seasons wtih the 49ers. (USATSI)

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Seldom-used running back LaMichael James did not found a role in the 49ers’ backfield in his first two seasons.

And 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine that James is going nowhere in his third season.

When asked if there has been any talk about trading James, Baalke answered, “No discussions. LaMichael is a 49er. He’ll continue to be a 49er.”

James played in just four games in his rookie season after the 49ers selected him in the second round of the 2012 draft. He suited up for action only after backup Kendall Hunter’s season-ending Achilles injury and Brandon Jacobs failed to impress the coaches in the No. 2 role.

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James missed the first three games of last season with a knee injury. After getting healthy, he suited up for just two of the next five games. James finally found a role as a return man after Kyle Williams was benched and later released.

In 13 regular- and postseason games, James carried 13 times for 59 yards.

“It’s a crowded backfield,” Baalke said. “And there are certain times the coaching staff was looking to get him more involved then, for whatever reason, within the game itself, they weren’t able to.

“It’s a delicate balance to try to keep all those guys happy when you only have one football. He’s going to continue to grow and continue to work hard, and he’ll get his shot at some point.”