Report: 49ers looking to deal Dixon

Report: 49ers looking to deal Dixon
October 27, 2013, 10:30 am
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Trading Anthony Dixon would potentially open up a roster spot and fetch the 49ers a seventh-round draft pick. (AP)

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LONDON – General manager Trent Baalke said the 49ers are not interested in trading running back LaMichael James.

However, the 49ers have placed running back Anthony Dixoon on the trade block, NFL executives tell the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Dixon, scheduled to be a free agent at the end of the season, is making $630,000 this season. It might be difficult for the 49ers to trade Dixon, and they would not be expected to obtain anything better than a seventh-round pick for his services.

The 49ers’ willingness to deal Dixon makes sense on several different levels. The 49ers will have to create six spots on their 53-man roster in the second half of the season to account for wide receivers Mario Manningham and Michaael Crabtree, outside linebacker Aldon Smith, cornerback Eric Wright, defensive lineman Tank Carradine, and linebacker Nick Moody.

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If the 49ers deal Dixon, it would open up a roster spot so that the team would not have to release a special-teams contributor, such as Nate Stupar. It would also enable the 49ers to suit up second-year player LaMichael James for games. James has been inactive for the past three games, including Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The trade deadline is Tuesday, 1 p.m. (Pacific time).