Reason No. 3: 49ers can easily rectify Deebo Samuel usage
If we take Ian Rapoport’s report as gospel and assume Deebo Samuel is less frustrated about San Francisco’s initial extension offer and more upset about the way in which he was used last season, there’s a relatively simple way to fix it.
Don’t use him as a “wide back” any longer.
OK, maybe not entirely reject that kind of usage. But certainly not to the point where he’s getting 59 regular-season rushing touches.
As a wide receiver, Samuel will still risk his body to serious injury. That’ll never change. However, if that’s the true reason why Samuel wants out, all head coach Kyle Shanahan has to do is revert him back to playing his natural position.
Something NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco pointed out shortly after Samuel’s trade request broke:
The 49ers merely have to bend to Samuel’s usage request, although it’d probably help if they looked at him as a top wide receiver and (eventually) paid him accordingly.