San Francisco 49ers middle linebacker Fred Warner, the former BYU defensive star who earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2020, was part of a 7-for-1 proposed trade for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson made by NBC Sports’ Peter King. | Jennifer Stewart, Associated Press

Fred Warner is one of the top young linebackers in the NFL, as evidenced by the former BYU defensive star earning first-team All-Pro honors this past season.

Is he expendable, though? Warner was named a captain last season in San Francisco and is one of the defensive leaders for the 49ers, but NBC Sports’ Peter King proposed several different trades that could land Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson — who’s requested a trade — with a different franchise, and one of them included Warner, who recently completed his third season with San Francisco.

In the 49ers’ case, it’s a 7-for-1 trade that would send the young superstar Watson to San Francisco in exchange for Warner, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, tackle Mike McGlinchey, first-round picks in 2021 (12th overall) and 2022, plus a second-round pick in 2021 and a third-rounder in 2022.

“It’s a lot for the Niners to pay; of all the players in all the deals I’m proposing, Warner would be the most coveted one in my book. But he’s here because he is entering the final year of his rookie contract and would want a new deal. (McGlinchey is in (the) exact same position, too.) Houston could view them as cornerstones for the rebuild,” King wrote.

Part of the reason for including Warner in the deal is that he is due a big pay day in the future, and that could be tough to manage for San Francisco while also trying to keep other key pieces around. Warner is due to make $1.23 million in 2021 …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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