Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday it would “take a whole lot” for him to part with left tackle Joe Staley, whose name is being discussed as the NFL’s trade deadline nears.
“Joe is a guy that I definitely want here and definitely a guy I wouldn’t want to lose by any means,” Shanahan said. “I’m not going to sit here – if anybody called for any one of our players, it’s not like you just hang up the phone. If people want to offer the world, you’ve always got to listen. You’ve got to always try to think what’s going to help your team and make your team better.”
The trade deadline is Tuesday. Among teams in need of a veteran left tackle are San Francisco’s Sunday opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles, who are 6-1 and eyeing a playoff run, but who lost their Pro Bowl-caliber tackle, Jason Peters, for the season on Monday.
Asked whether the Eagles would consider Staley, 33, Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson said the team was just trying “to get through today and these next few days.”
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Earlier in the conversation, Pederson was asked about how difficult it was to find quality tackles in the league nowadays and brought up Staley unprompted.
“Edge pass rushers are – these guys are beasts, these guys are monsters,” Pederson said. “If you don’t have those tackles that can pass set – they’re on islands quite a bit out there. You look at Joe Staley and what he’s done, his career and the dominance he’s had in his career.”
Pederson said the Eagles would move their right tackle, Lane Johnson, to the left side and elevate Halapoulivaati Vaitai to the starting unit at right tackle. Philadelphia also signed a former draft pick, tackle Taylor Hart, on Wednesday.
The 49ers, meanwhile, also may be short a tackle on Sunday.
Right tackle Trent Brown is in the league concussion protocol and did not practice Wednesday. Staley was given a veteran rest day.
If Brown can’t play in Philadelphia, Garry Gilliam would make his first start for the 49ers.
Et cetera – The player who lines up next to Brown, guard Brandon Fusco, also missed practice as he deals with a biceps injury. Zane Beadles practiced in his place with rookie Erik Magnuson also taking repetitions.
▪ Fullback Kyle Juszczyk practiced on a limited basis Wednesday after missing the last two games with a back injury. Juszczyk said he planned to play on Sunday.
▪ Linebacker Reuben Foster was in a blue, no-contact jersey during Wednesday’s practice. The rookie twice left Sunday’s game against the Cowboys due to the rib issue, but tests showed he did not suffer any fractures.