Matt Maiocco and others reported on LaMichael James’ location yesterday; while the team is taking part in “voluntary” workouts in Santa Clara, James is training by himself in Texas. James has a $50,000 workout bonus as part of his contract, and since he’s still on his rookie deal, that isn’t a figure to sneeze at. So the odds are that the 49ers asked him to stay home, avoid getting hurt, and PLEASE try and refrain from discussing the situation on Twitter.
The 49ers are surely doing all they can to deal James, so having him around would be awkward. That’s not to say that James is some sort of locker room cancer. If Twitter didn’t exist, we’d have no idea that he was frustrated with his role other than making an easy assumption based on when he was drafted and how much he’s played.
There’s no real rush to deal James, since teams seem to be a lot more open to making deals during the NFL Draft. But, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the 49ers tried to make a deal for Terrelle Pryor, who was sent to Seattle yesterday.
Per multiple sources, Seattle and San Francisco were both pursuing quarterback Terrelle Pryor from the Raiders. In the end, Seattle won.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Seahawks gave up a seventh-round pick for Pryor. The 49ers presumably offered less; possibly, a conditional low-round pick in 2015 based on Pryor making the 53-man roster in 2014.
A few things about the Seahawks’ interest, followed by a couple points about how the 49ers and Raiders
Seahawks point No. 1: The Raiders couldn’t have received a lower pick in this year’s draft for Pryor (compensatory picks cannot be traded).
Seahawks point No.2: Last season the Seahawks grabbed B.J. Daniels, a mobile quarterback who knew at least a portion of the 49ers’ playbook. Now they have a pretty solid Colin Kaepernick imposter, at least in terms of size and athletic ability, to practice against.
Seahawks point No.3: The Seahawks could use a tight end who’s a little more dynamic than Zach Miller and Luke Willson.
49ers/Raiders point No. 1: There’s a vocal minority among Raiders fans that think Pryor didn’t get a fair chance from head coach Dennis Allen, who seemed to prefer Matt McGloin in the second half of the season. I could see the Raiders wanting to deal Pryor to any team but the 49ers — if Jim Harbaugh (who is clearly interested in every quarterback ever, if for no other reason than he wants to play catch with all of them) developed Pryor into a viable NFL quarterback, even the Raiders fans who never thought Pryor was any good would throw a fit.
49ers/Raiders point No. 2: This is a ridiculous one, and I’m not being totally serious but this thought popped into my head … Could it be possible that the 49ers offered James to the Raiders in exchange for Pryor, and the Raiders said nah?