Lynch confirms 49ers did trade due diligence on Colts RB Mack originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Potential trade candidate Marlon Mack will be suiting up for the Indianapolis Colts when they take on the 49ers this Sunday night at Levi’s Stadium. While speaking to KNBR on Friday morning, 49ers general manager John Lynch confirmed a report that the 49ers spoke to Indianapolis about Mack’s availability among other players as the Nov. 2 NFL trade deadline approaches.
“You do your due diligence, and (Colts general manager) Chris Ballard and I are very good friends, we talk about a lot of things around trade deadline which is after Chicago,” Lynch said on “Murph and Mac.” “That Tuesday so after next week’s game, that Tuesday, as that gets close, you call around the league, the league calls you and say hey, we’ve got this guy would you have any interest? Let us talk about it and so I think a lot of the reports are born out of that.”
The 49ers have dealt with a number of injuries at the running back position, including losing starter Raheem Mostert for the season in Week 1.
Sixth-round draft pick Elijah Mitchell has emerged as the top back for Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers’ offense, with fellow rookie Trey Sermon being the second-leading rusher through five games.
Mack topped 900 yards rushing in both 2018 and 2019, but an Achilles tear cut his 2020 season short after one game. Mack also is blocked on the depth chart by budding star Jonathan Taylor.
At 2-3, the 49ers certainly will be looking into any and all potential moves before the trade deadline.