If dual-threat talent and All-Pro selection Deebo Samuel is to be believed, only he, the San Francisco 49ers and his agent “know the truth” about his reported request to be traded by the organization that surfaces eight days before the 2022 NFL Draft begins this Thursday night.
Whether or not Samuel “is uncomfortable with the way he was used in Kyle Shanahan’s attack in 2021” or just doesn’t want to live in California anymore is unclear until the weekend, but a new twist to the story has emerged.
According to 49ers WebZone’s David Bonilla, a video that appears to feature Samuel saying he hasn’t received any contract offers from the club has recently circulated online. Bonilla added that NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport provided an update on the situation during a Friday appearance on ‘The Pat McAfee Show’ and suggested the 26-year-old in the final year of his rookie contract was not not at all interested in hearing from the 49ers this spring.
“First of all, I haven’t confirmed it’s real,” Rapoport said of the video in question. “I believe so. But I want to speak on the basis that it’s real and the people in the video are who they appear to be, because otherwise it doesn’t make sense.
“I would say it’s correct that Deebo Samuel didn’t get an offer from the 49ers. My understanding is that he basically said to them, ‘I want to be traded. Don’t make an offer. … i don’t think it is [about the money].
“Now if he had an offer in hand of $25 million a year, could that make it harder to have started all of this? Yeah. I think if the 49ers had made an offer initially, he would have much more to They didn’t. So he didn’t have an offer. He told them, “Don’t make an offer. I want to be traded.” So I think that was all right.”
$25 million a year is oddly specific considering it matches the number mentioned in an earlier report regarding Samuel’s wishes for an extension.