Deebo Samuel trade partner No. 2: New York Jets
Former San Francisco Pro Bowl left guard Laken Tomlinson already left for the New York Jets in NFL free agency, reuniting with his previous team’s former defensive coordinator, now-head coach Robert Saleh.
Saleh, whose offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur worked with Deebo Samuel with the 49ers prior to 2021, would have little trouble trying to convince the Niners to choose his team as a trade partner, should such a deal go down. After all, with the Dolphins, Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots all fueling a wide receiver arms race this offseason, Saleh and Gang Green need to respond.
Plus, it sure wouldn’t hurt to add more weaponry to quarterback Zach Wilson’s arsenal. He sure needs it.
Wilson being on his own rookie contract means the Jets can afford those big-bucks contracts dished out for players like Tomlinson, and they can certainly take on a new Samuel deal worth well over $24 million per year over the next four years. On top of that, New York boasts two top-10 draft picks this year (Nos. 4 and 10) along with two picks early in Round 2.
If San Francisco is truly at a stalemate with Samuel, don’t be surprised if the Jets come calling with a nice offer.