Deebo Samuel recently made it clear that he was going to sit out of San Francisco’s off-season programs. In fact it was made aware that Titans wide-out A.J. Brown and Commanders receiver Terry McLaurin will sit out as well. They are all seeking new contracts and are not expected to participate in any on-field work during their respective teams’ off season programs. Today Adam Schefter took it a step further with Deebo Samuel:
Adam Schefter thinks that Deebo Samuel is “not wanting to get a deal done with San Francisco”.
Well, that would be interesting 🤔 pic.twitter.com/ajl5auwgbf
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Deebo Samuel was the one who scrubbed the 49ers’ logos off his social media page,” Schefter said on ESPN (h/t TheSFNiners). “Deebo Samuel was the one that basically admitted he wanted to move on. San Francisco would pay Deebo Samuel today, tomorrow, the next day. It’s not that hard to figure out what the contract would look like. We’ve seen some of the top numbers in the league.
“This, I think, right now, is Deebo Samuel not wanting to get a deal done. It’s not San Francisco not willing to do the deal. The 49ers are ready. Deebo Samuel is the one that has put a halt to everything for right now.”
Oh.. and Deebo Samuel’s brother:
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Deebo Samuel is eligible for a contract extension. The 49ers have expressed a desire to keep Samuel on the roster for the foreseeable future. Of course, this off-season hasn’t gone as planned for the team. Its costly veteran quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo remains on the roster because they can’t find a trade partner. The wide receiver market has exploded. Samuel’s peers, stars like Davante Adams and Tyreek Hill, received big paydays following trades to new teams.
Does the change the trade price?
If Green Bay (or anyone else) is serious about trading for Samuel, this impacts things a ton. Green Bay traded away Davanate Adams for a first and second round pick. They likely could have got a lot more in return (much like the Tyreek Hill trade). However Adams didn’t want to be in Green Bay and the Packers wanted to get what they could. Sound familiar?
If Deebo doesn’t want to be in San Francisco, trading him now before he just chooses to not resign next year would be the smart move. The wide receiver market is on fire right now and the 49ers could easily get premium picks for him. It’s better to trade a player when you can get something for him rather than just let him walk in free agency. The 49ers aren’t in as much of a hurry as the Packers were as Deebo is still under contract for one more year, but if he is willing to sit out the 49ers may feel the need to trade him now.