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October 27, 2013
Report: Anthony Dixon on trading block

LONDON -- The 49ers are dangling running back Anthony Dixon as trade bait, according to NFL.com. Dixon's main role is on special teams, but he also has served as an effective short-yardage runner this season, scoring two touchdowns. He ranks third on a 49ers special teams ranking composed by coaches.

A sixth-round draft pick in 2010, Dixon is making only $630,000, which makes him affordable for a team seeking a runner. Meanwhile, the 49ers have a glut of running backs. LaMichael James was inactive for the third straight week today. Additionally, they have a promising young runner, Jewel Hampton, on the practice squad and another, rookie Marcus Lattimore, on the non-football injury list.

The NFL's trade deadline is Tuesday.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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