No. 3: 49ers trade Deebo Samuel to Bears
Ideally, San Francisco hesitates to dish Deebo Samuel off within the conference, especially considering the fact it visits the Chicago Bears to kick off 2022.
Perhaps, however, if Samuel’s standoff results in what’ll still be an expensive holdout (at least in terms of associated fines) that reaches into the regular season, a would-be trade to Chicago wouldn’t be the craziest thing out there.
The Bears have done the exact opposite with their quarterback, Justin Fields, as the 49ers have attempted to do with their own second-year pro, Trey Lance, surrounding the signal-caller with sufficient weaponry. After trading away No. 1 wideout Allen Robinson to the Los Angeles Rams earlier this offseason, the Bears’ receiving corps is now headlined by Darnell Mooney.
And, wait for it… former Niners flameout Dante Pettis, too.
Simply put, Chicago needs all kinds of receiving help to ensure Fields doesn’t go bust. And the good news is the Bears are projected to have nearly $100 million in cap space in 2023, too, currently the most out of all 32 teams.
Now, Chicago is relatively short on draft capital to dish out, at least next offseason, meaning it’ll have to dip into its stockpile of 2024 picks to even get the Niners to listen.
However, four likely within-the-top-100 picks spread out over the next two years probably get it done.