PFF makes strong case for 49ers to keep both Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk

There have been plenty of rumors, but based on this take, the Niners need to keep 'em together.
San Francisco 49ers, Brandon Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel
San Francisco 49ers, Brandon Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel / Robin Alam/ISI Photos/GettyImages

Over the course of the offseason, the San Francisco 49ers have seen two prominent names pop up in consistent trade rumors.

Both Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel have been subject of these rumors, with some of the more startling reports coming out the weekend of the 2024 NFL Draft.

Prior to the start of the draft, there were rumors of the 49ers wanting to trade into the top 10 picks, even if it cost one of their top two wide receivers. However, just a day later, John Lynch attempted to shut down those rumors and told the media there were never ideas entertained which involved trading either Samuel or Aiyuk.

San Francisco drafted Ricky Pearsall in the first round this year, though, which makes the potential trading of Samuel or Aiyuk hard narrative to avoid.

Taking Pearsall out of the equation altogether, though, might be the best route for the organization to go when evaluating a trade possibility. If you were to ask Pro Football Focus' Sam Monson, San Francisco would be silly to trade either one of them.

Sam Monson believes the 49ers have two of the top 10 wide receivers in football

In his most recent league-wide receiver rankings, Monson listed Aiyuk and Samuel within his top 10. Here's what he had to say about each one of the star weapons:

Brandon Aiyuk: 8th

"A devastating route runner and explosive threat, Brandon Aiyuk is one of the most efficient receivers in the game whose overall numbers are held back only by the offense he plays in and the sheer quantity of other options within it. Passes thrown his way last season generated a 126.8 passer rating."

Deebo Samuel: 10th

"One of the most difficult players to place in abstract terms, Deebo Samuel is a unique weapon. Part running back, part receiver and all playmaker, he led the league with 32 broken tackles last year, 10 more than any other receiver. His absences from the lineup due to injury also coincided with the 49ers’ biggest wobbles during the season."

There likely aren't many Niner fans willing to disagree with this team having two top-10 wide receivers on the roster. And, if this opinion were to somehow be quantified into a fact, then San Francisco would, indeed, be foolish to think about trading either one.

At this point, it would be in the team's best interest to allow this year to play out, while seeing what they have in Pearsall, but ultimately try and retain their top two guys. This is a team that's going to compete for a Super Bowl every season for the foreseeable future, and there's no way Lynch and his front office can afford to take away one of the most integral pieces to the puzzle.