Deebo Samuel was not traded in the first two days of the 2022 NFL Draft and, according to the San Francisco 49ers brass, that was never about to happen.
“You’ll consider anything,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said of trade offers for Samuel on Friday, via ESPN’s Nick Wagoner. “You have a responsibility to help your organization as much as you can, but there’s no player like Deebo. It’s hard to see how that helps your organization. So you try to look at every aspect of it and what what people are willing to do.” to do, and nothing was even close to what we thought would be fair for the Niners.”
Samuel, 26, was an All-Pro in 2021 after finishing the year with 1,405 receiving yards, 365 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. He even threw a touchdown pass in the 49ers’ regular season finale against eventual Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams.
Despite his prolific season, Samuel is unhappy with the franchise and doesn’t want to sign a long-term contract extension to stay in San Francisco. He asked for a trade, but 49ers general manager John Lynch said he “can’t imagine” the team actually making a deal.
According to The Athletic, the New York Jets and Detroit Lions have both made offers for Samuel.
Shanahan says the team is focused on repairing the relationship with Samuel “because we would like to continue as we have been doing.”