Well, after wheeling and dealing for Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on Monday, the 49ers still weren’t done come Tuesday. A couple of hours before the NFL’s trade deadline (1 PM PST), San Francisco dealt struggling cornerback Rashard Robinson to the New York Jets in return for a 2018 fifth-round pick.
After a promising start to his career with the 49ers, Robinson has been in somewhat of a slump this season. He has been penalized heavily, this season especially — 23 times in 22 games to be exact. In Sunday’s loss against the Eagles, rookie Ahkello Witherspoon was given the nod and started in place of Robinson, marking the first time all year he didn’t start a game for the 49ers. Witherspoon played well, he even recorded his first career interception. Perhaps the coaching staff liked what they saw so much in Witherspoon, it made Robinson expendable at this point.
One thing is for sure, these are not the same old 49ers. This is a team ran by real football guys, who are not afraid to pull the trigger if it helps the franchise in the long run. It might be a win-win for all parties involved, the 49ers get a draft pick, the Jets get a 22-year old, talented cornerback, and Rashard Robinson gets a fresh start alongside fellow LSU DB Jamaal Adams.
The 49ers 2018 NFL Draft picks now stand at:
- from Saints
- own, from Bears
- from Steelers
- from Jets (Rashard Robinson trade)
- from Chiefs