Kyle Shanahan reveals just how close the 49ers were to trading for Matthew Stafford


Kyle Shanahan reveals just how close the 49ers were to trading for Matthew Stafford

Somewhere, in an alternative universe, Matthew Stafford is a San Francisco 49er.

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said as much in a recent podcast with Rams head coach Sean McVay and NFL insider Peter Schrager.

On a recent episode of The Ringer’s “Flying Coach” podcast, Shanahan explained just how close the 49ers were to making a move for the former Lions quarterback on the night that he landed in a Rams uniform.

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Coincidentally, Shanahan was in Cabo, Mexico, the same time that Stafford and McVay were, further painting just how painfully close Stafford was to Shanahan; McVay joked that, thankfully, Shanahan was staying in a different hotel than he and Stafford. Shanahan said it would have made for an “awkward” situation.

The 49ers scoured the quarterback market this offseason looking for an upgrade at the position, and some rumors linked them to Aaron Rodgers. That, obviously, didn’t come to pass either.

All’s well that ends well, though: San Francisco would later trade up to No. 3 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, selecting quarterback Trey Lance as their passer of the future. Jimmy Garoppolo is still on the 49ers’ roster, as well, but the sands might be thinning on his San Francisco tenure.

Still, Shanahan certainly sounds like he wishes he could have booked another hotel. Now, instead of seeing Stafford on his sideline, he’ll be seeing him twice a year.

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