49ers Star Deebo Samuel Opens Up About Offseason Trade Rumors

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Almost every star player hears their name surface in trade rumors at one point or another, and San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel is no exception.

Samuel was labeled a trade candidate around the time of the NFL Draft in late April, and 49ers general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan did not deny that they fielded calls for him.

The 28-year-old was asked about the trade speculation this week, and he said that while he was aware of it, he isn’t letting it bother him.

Both Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk have been thrown around in trade rumors throughout the offseason, as Aiyuk is due for a new contract and financial constraints are making it tough for San Francisco to accommodate him.

Will the 49ers Move Deebo Samuel?

A solution to the Aiyuk situation could be trading Samuel in order to clear room for Aiyuk moving forward, which is almost certainly why the Niners took calls for Samuel earlier this spring.

Samuel is under contract through 2025, and at this point, it has become increasingly obvious that Aiyuk is the team’s No. 1 receiver. The 49ers will probably prioritize Aiyuk over Samuel long term, which means they may have to make a tough decision here.

Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean San Francisco has to do it before the 2024 campaign.

The Niners can—and most likely will—play out this coming season with both receivers on the roster. They are trying to win a Super Bowl after all, and trading one of them would obviously be counterproductive to that goal.

Now, if a team comes along and makes the 49ers an offer they can’t refuse, that may change things, but more than likely, San Francisco will go into 2024 with both Samuel and Aiyuk in tact.

Aiyuk has not shown up for mandatory minicamp as a result of his contract dispute with the organization. He is preparing to enter the final year of his deal and has watched as many other wide outs have landed lucrative extensions this offseason.

The most notable one has been Minnesota Vikings star Justin Jefferson, who just inked a four-year, $140 million deal that makes him the highest-paid non-quarterback in NFL history.

Aiyuk is definitely not Jefferson, but he certainly feels he deserves to be compensate appropriately.

That could mean the end of the Samuel-Aiyuk duo in the Bay, but again, that time may not come until next offseason.

Deebo Samuel caught 60 passes for 892 yards and seven touchdowns while also punching in five rushing scores this past year.

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