ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Trent Baalke traded away two tight ends in recent weeks. Is the 49ers general manager finished dealing?
He and his Broncos counterpart, John Elway, had dinner Wednesday night and Elway conceded that the topic of conversation wasn't entirely family, vacations or their golf games.
“Obviously there’s always different things that we can talk about as far as teams, about how we can help them and they can help us,” Elway said. “But for the most part it was personal.”
Said Baalke when asked if he and Elway might make a deal: "We're always looking. We feel we've got good depth in several areas. And it's no mystery to everybody that you can't keep them all. So we'll look at opportunities to better this football team in any way we can."
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The 49ers have gone from eight to six tight ends, and one of them, Vance McDonald, is dealing with a sprained ankle. Here are some other areas where the 49ers might have a surplus:
* Defensive line: The 49ers have a lot of depth here. The starters are Glenn Dorsey, Ian Williams and Quinton Dial. But Darnell Dockett and Tank Carradine could end up seeing as many or more snaps as Dorsey and Dial depending on how much the opponent passes. Others include Arik Armstead, Tony Jerod-Eddie, Mike Purcell, Lawrence Okoye and Kaleb Ramsey. Of that latter group, only Armstead appears to be off limits for a trade.
* Cornerback: The top five at the position are: Tramaine Brock, Shareece Wright, Dontae Johnson, Keith Reaser and Kenneth Acker. Ah, but Jimmie Ward also has the ability to play nickel cornerback at least and is getting stronger in every practice. Marcus Cromartie has looked in practices as well. Want to make a deal? Call Baalke.
* Running back: With Jarryd Hayne's emergence, the 49ers suddenly have a surplus. They have Carlos Hyde, Kendall Hunter, Reggie Bush, Mike Davis, Hyde and Kendall Gaskins. They also have two fullbacks in Bruce Miller and Trey Millard.