49ers GM Lynch: ‘Nothing’s Changed’ About Deebo Samuel Trade Amid Rumors After Draft

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Despite Odell Beckham Jr.’s attempt to troll the Internet, it doesn’t appear as if Deebo Samuel is on the verge of being traded anywhere right now. 

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch told reporters after the draft that “nothing’s changed” in regard to possibly moving Samuel. 

Beckham joked on Twitter that Samuel was being traded to the New England Patriots:

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Breakinnnngg NEWSSS <a href=”https://twitter.com/19problemz?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@19problemz</a> to the <a href=”https://twitter.com/Patriots?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@Patriots</a> WTFFFFFFFFFFFF

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero was among the reporters who clarified that wasn’t true. 

ESPN’s Jeff Darlington reported on April 20 that Samuel told him he requested a trade from the 49ers. 

There had been speculation that if a deal was going to take place, it would be either before or during the first round of the 2022 NFL draft. 

Josina Anderson of CBS Sports HQ noted San Francisco was seeking a “king’s ransom” if it was going to trade Samuel.

Per The Athletic’s Matt Barrows, the New York Jets and Detroit Lions did make offers to the 49ers during the draft on Thursday for Samuel. The Jets’ proposal included the No. 10 overall pick and a fifth-rounder for the All-Pro receiver and San Francisco’s second-round pick (No. 61 overall). 

Specifics of the Lions’ offer weren’t available, but Barrows said it was described as “light.”

This is the first offseason that Samuel is eligible to sign a long-term contract extension. He is owed $3.986 million in 2022, the final season of his rookie deal.   

Samuel has been quiet throughout this whole situation, though NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport (h/t NFL.com’s Nick Shook) noted the request was made because he was uncomfortable with how head coach Kyle Shanahan used him in the offense last season. 

Amid a 3-5 start in 2021, Shanahan shook things up with the 49ers offense in the second half. Samuel’s usage in the backfield significantly increased, and his snaps out wide notably dropped:

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Some really interesting <a href=”https://twitter.com/NextGenStats?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@NextGenStats</a> on Deebo’s use last season: <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/nfl?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#nfl</a> <a href=”https://t.co/ipgzcIulXm”>pic.twitter.com/ipgzcIulXm</a>

The results paid off for the 49ers, who won seven of their final nine games to make the playoffs. They beat the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers to reach the NFC Championship Game for the second time in three years but lost to the Los Angeles Rams. 

Samuel had his best season in the NFL in 2021. The 26-year-old finished third in the league with 1,770 yards from scrimmage and tied for seventh with 14 total touchdowns.      

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