SAN FRANCISCO – When you try to trade a player in the NFL, you carefully seek out potential general managers who might have interest and inquire discreetly about whether they’d like to chat. (I assume that’s what happens anyway.) What you don’t do is email every team in the league and let them know someone’s on the trading block.
But that’s what the 49ers reportedly did on Thursday as, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, they sent out “a mass email this afternoon to teams around the league to try and trade safety Taylor Mays.”
Mays, as you’ll likely recall, played at USC and seemed like a prime prospect for the Seahawks, since coach Pete Carroll recruited him out of high school. But Carroll passed on him and the Niners picked him up in the second round (49th overall).
That in and of itself should make put long-term ability to succeed in question. But what about this?
The 49ers single-handedly managed to prove to everyone in the NFL that they don’t want Mays and simultaneously sink his market value. If it’s true, it’s a pretty bad move.
After all, this isn’t like using the trading block option in your fantasy league. This is the NFL. And real life and stuff.
But what I want to know is — did they use BCC? Or did they just CC everyone?
Because not only is CC awkward in that each person knows that you sent the email to everyone, but then you also have to deal with Mike Brown hitting “Reply All” for the next month and a half every time he tries to get in touch with you.