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The 49ers make a big trade for a star wide receiver

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October 22, 2019 - 4:15 pm

By Charlie O @Charlieo1320

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On Monday, football analysts were asking if the San Francisco 49ers would make a major move before the NFL trade deadline. On Tuesday, the 49ers answered that question when they acquired WR Emmanuel Sanders and a 2020 fifth round pick from the Denver Broncos in exchange for the team’s third and fourth round picks next year.

“Emmanuel is a passionate football player whose toughness and competitive nature have helped him become a dynamic playmaker in this league,” said 49ers General Manager John Lynch. “He possesses a number of qualities, on and off the field, that we value in our players. His familiarity in a similar offensive system will allow for a quick transition. We are excited to add Emmanuel to our roster and look forward to seeing him positively impact our team.”

The numbers tell you why the Niners wanted Sanders on the team

1 Super Bowl Championship (won at Levi’s Stadium over the Carolina Panthers)

2 Pro Bowls

2-for-2 in career passing attempts

8 playoff appearances

8.0 yards per target

13.1 yards per reception

18 rushes

39 receiving touchdowns

41 total touchdowns

43 career passing yards

95 games started

134 games played

159 rushing yards

448 playoff receiving yards

565 receptions

1,279 miles traveled from Denver, Colo. to Santa Clara, Calif.

7,391 receiving yards

It’s official! Welcome to The Bay @emmanuelsanders! --

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Sanders reaction to the trade

"Obviously it's hard any time you break up,'' Sanders told KCNC-TV as he left the Broncos' facility as the team's practice began. " ... We had a great run out here in Denver, a lot of great times.''

“Sanders added he was ready to "get out to San Fran and showcase my talents.''

John Elway confirmed Sanders asked out of Denver

Denver’s head of football operations John Elway confirmed to the Associated Press that Sanders aske to be traded: "He did. When we look at it, Emmanuel had issues and we had issues," Elway said. "So that's why it was a good time for us to go different directions. With that being said, we were able to get the value that we thought was fair and so that's why we decided to make the deal."

The Niners are all in

“It's an instant boost for the Jimmy Garoppolo-led Niners offense and a sign that John Lynch and the San Francisco front office are all-in and have embraced their status as division frontrunners and contenders for a postseason run,” wrote Grant Gordon of NFL.com.

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