No. 2: 49ers trade Deebo Samuel to Jaguars
Arguably the only thing that’d be odder than San Francisco trading within the conference would be now-Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke looking to engineer a deal with his former employer.
But, hey, if the 49ers can take advantage of Baalke one last time, so be it.
Like Fields with the Bears, the Jags need to surround second-year quarterback Trevor Lawrence with as much weaponry as possible. Unlike Chicago, Jacksonville attempted this during the offseason, yet it’s hard to tab high-profile free-agent deals like the ones for wide receivers Christian Kirk and Zay Jones as anything close to adequate.
In short, Baalke and the Jaguars still have a bunch of second- and third-rate receivers, and they’ll need another name to prop up Lawrence to his expected level of production.
Sure, cap space might be a challenge for Jacksonville despite having Lawrence on his rookie contract. But, in terms of draft capital and assets to send back, the Jags should have more than enough.
One should figure Jacksonville will be bad again in 2022, meaning those 2023 draft picks will likely be towards the top of each round. Tack on a wide receiver, Laviska Shenault, who has had back-to-back 600-yard efforts the last two seasons despite playing in a lackluster offense, and the Niners would have their package to move Deebo Samuel.
Although sending him to the always-rebuilding Jaguars would seem like a cruel joke.