The 49ers are willing to part ways with their best offensive player, left tackle Joe Staley, for a first-round pick, according to a report by Pro Football Talk.
Staley, 32, was a first-round pick by the 49ers in 2007 and has started 137 games, nearly all of them at left tackle. He's made the Pro Bowl five times in that span.
The 49ers have one win through seven games and trading Staley would be tantamount to waving a white flag on the 2016 season. The 49ers have only two other offensive tackles on the roster and one of them, rookie John Theus, has been inactive so far this year. If Staley were dealt, Trent Brown likely would move from right tackle to left tackle and Zane Beadles would move from left guard to right tackle.
The Browns' Joe Thomas, who also was drafted in 2007, also reportedly is available in a trade. The trade deadline is Nov. 1.
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