There have been a lot of trade rumors swirling around San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel. He shocked the football world when he shared that he was asking for a trade, citing his usage as one of the reasons for the request. Now, it appears that the New York Jets are the most likely trade destination for him.
There isn’t a team in the NFL that couldn’t use Samuel on their roster. He is one of the most physical and versatile offensive players in the league, showcasing that he can be as dominant as a ball carrier as he is a wide receiver.
Samuel was named an All-Pro last season when he caught 77 passes for 1,405 yards and six touchdowns. He added 59 carries for 365 yards and eight more scores, turning into a hybrid weapon for Kyle Shanahan.
But, if Samuel has his way, he will be producing those numbers for another franchise in 2022. Several teams have been linked to him, but the one team that has been mentioned most often is the New York Jets.
According to Tony Pauline, a league executive told him that they expect Samuel to be traded to New York in a deal involving the No. 10 overall pick.
Pauline also reported that the Jets are “all-in” on using that No. 10 pick in Samuel, so there is certainly a deal to be made here should the 49ers be willing to negotiate. New York has shown they are willing to make aggressive offers, as they put the No. 35, 38 and 69 selections in the 2022 NFL Draft on the table when attempting to acquire Tyreek Hill from the Kansas City Chiefs.
Gang Green is a good landing spot for Samuel as he already has some familiarity with the coaching staff as well. Robert Saleh was the 49ers’ defensive coordinator before taking the Jets job, while offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur and wide receivers coach Miles Austin both worked with Samuel.
Adding Samuel to that offense would also give Zach Wilson everything he needs to succeed. Joe Douglas has done a great job revamping the roster, improving the offensive line and weapons around him. Now, it would be time for Wilson to start producing.
If they can land Deebo Samuel, New York’s pass catching group would be one of the deepest ones in the NFL with Corey Davis, Elijah Moore and Braxton Berrios at wide receiver and free-agent signings Tyler Conklin and C.J. Uzomah at tight end.