The craziest offseason in recent NFL history continues, and this time it hits close to home for 49ers fans.
That’s because 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel told ESPN’s Jeff Darlington that he asked San Francisco for a trade. The news took the NFL world by storm when it broke Wednesday morning.
And it didn’t take long for speculation about possible commercial destinations to circulate.
One possible suitor — the New York Jets — doesn’t believe Samuel will be moved at all unless the 49ers receive a “king’s ransom” in return, NFL insider Josina Anderson reported, citing a source from the league.
Samuel showcased his unique talent during his 2021 season with the 49ers, and multiple teams will likely show some interest in the star receiver.
The Jets make sense for Samuel, who would join familiar faces in former 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, now New York head coach, and former 49ers assistant Mike LaFleur, now offensive coordinator in Gang Green. The Kansas City Chiefs would also be an ideal landing spot for the do-it-all playmaker after trading Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins last month.
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But can these teams offer what San Francisco would be looking for Samuel? And as he enters the final year of his rookie contract and wants to be paid top dollar, a trade isn’t guaranteed. In fact, San Francisco doesn’t have to honor Samuel’s request because the 49ers have him under contract for this year and can cross him next year.
Buckle up. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.