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LaMichael James reportedly on 49ers' trade block

The San Francisco 49ers could be looking to move a running back before the 2014 NFL Draft.

Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday that the 49ers are actively shopping LaMichael James, citing a league source.



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The Niners' second-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, James has been unable to crack a depth chart that has Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter above him. Marcus Lattimore -- recovered from knee surgery and set to make his pro debut -- could also leapfrog James.

James, 25, found success as San Francisco's primary return man last season, but the source told Barrows James has "made it clear" he wants a bigger role in the backfield. James had just 12 rushes in 12 regular-season games in 2013 and just one handle over three playoff contests.

The Niners' apparent play to move James comes two months after general manager Trent Baalke shut down the prospect of a trade.

"No discussions," Baalke said. "LaMichael is a 49er. He'll continue to be a 49er."

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