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La Canfora: San Francisco 49ers Were In Trade Discussions During Draft To Select Andy Dalton

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 1: San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh looks on during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 1: San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh looks on during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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As Jason pointed out on Friday, the Cincinnati Bengals nearly lost out on Andy Dalton when Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider thought about selecting the quarterback 25th overall during the 2011 NFL Draft. Seattle choose offensive tackle James Carpender instead, setting the table for the Bengals to draft Dalton with their 35th overall pick on the second day of the NFL Draft.

But Seattle wasn't the only team that stood between the Bengals and their future quarterback.

NFL Network's Jason La Canfora writes that the San Francisco 49ers nearly traded ahead of the Bengals to select Dalton.

According to league sources, the 49ers also thoroughly investigated trading back into the bottom of the first round, with an eye on Andy Dalton, who went to the Bengals at 35. They spoke to the Patriots and Bills about jumping ahead of Cincy in the second round, before ultimately leaping Washington to make sure they landed Kaepernick.