Deebo Samuel trade partner No. 1: New England Patriots
It sure doesn’t seem like head coach Bill Belichick to go all-in on a massive blockbuster trade for Deebo Samuel. And it would seem even less a possibility in the wake of the Patriots acquiring wide receiver DeVante Parker from the Dolphins.
Let’s be honest, though. The Pats probably aren’t getting past Stefon Diggs and the Bills within the AFC East, and New England certainly isn’t going to be favored to win the conference amid the crowd of top-end quarterbacks within it.
Still, the same context applies as many of the other teams on this list. The Pats have a cheap quarterback on a rookie contract, Mac Jones, who would surely benefit from prolific pass-catchers like Parker and Samuel in a tandem. With an estimated $79 million in available cap space in 2023, a trade-and-extension deal with the 49ers could be engineered relatively quickly.
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Especially if Belichick is willing to dish out the No. 21 overall pick straight up.
Again, all this comes down to whether or not Samuel and the Niners reach a point of no return. And while the whole situation could easily calm down in the coming days and weeks, particularly if San Francisco winds up reaching an extension agreement, it’ll be for null.
But, as we’ve seen with other top-flight wide receivers, it doesn’t always go that way.