Coming off of a huge win against the Houston Texans, the San Francisco 49ers are now a game within first place of the NFC West. One glaring issue, however, has still been the receiving corps in San Francisco. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is continuing to struggle making big plays because of the lack of playmakers, but has gotten the job done for two weeks in a row.
A rumor that has floated around this week has been that of Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon being sent to the 49ers. Gordon has been on the trade block since the Browns traded away running back Trent Richardson a few weeks ago. Cleveland has made it known that Gordon is available, and San Francisco could be a potential trade partner.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport tweeted Monday night about the potential of just that happening.
Browns aren’t shopping their stars. But they have talked to teams about Josh Gordon, including #49ers. They’d like a 2nd rounder in return
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 7, 2013
Despite Gordon’s history of off-the-field trouble, this move would make perfect sense for the 49ers. Kaepernick won’t be able to lead this team to a Super Bowl, let alone past the first round of the playoffs, without a big-time receiver. Obviously, Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham will be back eventually. But, Crabtree is the only one whom defenses can plan around.
Gordon would give San Francisco a duo of playmakers on the outside once Crabtree is back, and Kaepernick could be lethal at that point. Until the Niners make a move, though, their offense will continue to struggle through the air. Fortunately, the Texans didn’t exactly put up a fight in week five, therefore the Niners won pretty handedly.
Look for Gordon’s name to continue to be in the midst of trade rumors throughout the week and up until the deadline. We’ll have all the latest here at Rant Sports as soon as we hear anything else.