The last thing the 49ers want is to trade Deebo Samuel, but if they did and he had a say in where he went, here are some candidates Deebo would like.
For some, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel is a once-in-a-lifetime player. He’s explosive, fun to watch, and for lack of better words, he carried his team all the way to NFC Championship game last season.
Say what you want, whether you’re speaking as a hurt fan or someone who sees only the business side of football, but losing a Samuel-like player isn’t something you just rebound from.
Regardless of how the wide receiver market got out of control during this crazy offseason, it is what it is, and it will continue to be that way. If you’re the Niners, thinking Samuel is replaceable is true to a fault. You can draft another receiver, he can even wear the now highly coveted No. 19.
But to think you’ll replace Samuel’s level of production is simply foolish.
If general manager John Lynch is lucky enough to find a player that’s even close to Samuel in talent, then the 49ers will be in this situation again in three years. Band-aids stop bleeding, but eventually they still fall off.
Now, even I’ve said his knack for building a highlight reel could be entirely the scheme fit. But that doesn’t mean he’s not talented, nor does it mean if you put another player in his position, he would thrive quite as Samuel has.
Regardless of where the relationship between player and organization goes, a good starting point is to somehow repair whats been done and get a long-term deal finalized. If that’s not possible and Samuel has to be traded, chances are Lynch will ask for his input, as he has in the past.
If the party is indeed over, here are four teams Samuel will love to be traded to.