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LaMichael James is not with the 49ers as the offseason conditioning program opens this week.

James is training on his own in Texas despite having a $50,000 workout bonus in his contract. It's a statement move as he pushes for a trade or release. James has totaled 39 carries and five catches in his two NFL seasons and now finds himself fourth on the depth chart. He's hoping to get a fresh start elsewhere.

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ESPN's Adam Teicher suggests the Chiefs could have interest in LaMichael James.

James is currently being shopped by the 49ers and may eventually be released. Kansas City is unlikely to have much interest in James as a running back, but he could be an option to help replace Dexter McCluster's role on special teams. The 61st overall pick in 2012, James has appeared in just 14 games the last two seasons.

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ESPN's Mark Dominik stated on NFL Insiders that he believes the 49ers could only recoup a sixth- or seventh-round pick for 2012 second-rounder LaMichael James "if they're lucky."

The Sacramento Bee reported late Wednesday that James is indeed on the trade block. Dominik was an NFL general manager as recently as 2013, and should still have a good feel for players' value around the NFL. "They gotta be thinking sixth-, seventh-round pick if they're lucky," Dominik stated. We lean toward predicting the Niners won't get "lucky," and James will eventually be waived.

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NJ.com suggests the Eagles as a possible fit for LaMichael James.

It's a logical connection of the dots because James starred for Chip Kelly at Oregon and the Eagles tried to trade for C.J. Spiller earlier this offseason. But that was before the Darren Sproles trade. If the Eagles are looking for someone to spell LeSean McCoy between the tackles, James is not their man. They're better off sticking with Chris Polk and Bryce Brown.

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The Sacramento Bee reports the 49ers "have been shopping" third-year RB LaMichael James.

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CSN Bay Area believes 49ers RB LaMichael James could find himself on the trade block this summer.

James doesn't have a place with the 49ers, who employ a power-run scheme. The 2012 second-round pick was routinely inactive this past season and hardly saw the field on Sundays he dressed. San Francisco would be lucky to get a late-round pick in return for James. It's more likely that he's cut after training camp.

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CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco believes 2012 second-round pick LaMichael James "certainly does not appear to be a good fit with the 49ers."

Maiocco cites James' misfit for San Francisco's power running scheme, and notes that the Niners believe James lacks "the kind of blazing speed to succeed as solely an outside runner." On Friday, James tweeted, "I'd rather they just let me go," which he later confirmed was in reference to the 49ers. We're not sure James would fit any offensive scheme, quite frankly. He lacks lateral agility and runs with no power. He's a return specialist at best in the NFL.

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LaMichael James rushed once for no gain in San Francisco's NFC Championship Game loss to the Seahawks.

James also muffed a punt, injuring his neck in the process. He stayed in the game, however. The No. 61 pick of the 2012 draft heads into the offseason with all of 39 career carries, and Marcus Lattimore joining the 49ers' backfield fray in 2014. At best, James will open next season No. 3 on the depth chart. James had game-breaking talent in college, but the 49ers clearly aren't convinced it will ever translate to the NFL level outside of special teams. James is not a particularly compelling Dynasty-league option.

LaMichael James RB SF 3 Months

LaMichael James did not touch the football for the second straight playoff game as the 49ers beat the Panthers in the Divisional Round.

James continues to be a non-factor on offense, and the 49ers didn't get any punt or kick return opportunities in this one. He's behind Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter at tailback.

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LaMichael James didn't have an offensive touch in San Francisco's Wild Card playoff win over the Packers.

James returned kickoffs and punts, but was not involved on offense and continues to be a disappointment through two seasons as a 2012 second-round pick. He's firmly behind Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter on the depth chart.