San Francisco 49ers ‘not buying and selling’ Deebo Samuel in 2023
The San Francisco 49ers entertained trade offers for All-Pro offensive gun Deebo Samuel in 2022 before making him one of the NFL’s highest-paid players. A year later, there are new rumors about Samuel’s future in San Francisco.
After becoming one of the highest-paid wide receivers in football, Samuel endured an injury-riddled season last year. After earning first-team All-Pro honors in 2021, the 6-foot playmaker played in just 13 games and failed to eclipse even 1,000 scrimmage yards.
While injuries played a major role in the statistical decline, Samuel’s effectiveness also declined. After averaging 18.2 yards per reception and 6.2 yards per rush in 2021, he finished last season averaging 11.3 yards per reception and 5.5 yards per carry.
With San Francisco tight for Cap spot in the long run and Nick Bosa and Brandon Aiyuk yet to sign for contract extensions, speculation over Samuel’s future with the 49ers has mounted
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Addressing recent NFL trade rumors suggesting the New England Patriots are investigating Samuel, MMQB’s Albert Breer ended Thursday’s Early Edition speculation with Trenni Casey and Phil Perry.
“I checked with someone who would absolutely know and they said, ‘A) we’re not swapping him and B) they haven’t called. So, wherever this is, it hasn’t made its way to the Niners’ desks. It’s not something that was even on the table for her.”
Albert Breer on Deebo Samuel trade rumors (H/T NBC Sports Boston)
With San Francisco poised to start the season with Brock Purdy as quarterback, it can afford to spend big bucks on other positions. Purdy only carries a cap of $889,252 in 2023, and that number increases only slightly in 2024 ($1.004 million) and 2025 ($1.119 million).
As a result, there is less incentive to even consider moving Samueln unless the move is absolutely necessary. Given that the 49ers are still a perennial Super Bowl contender and Samuel plays a key role on Kyle Shanahan’s offense, there’s no reason to budge.
- Statistics from Deebo Samuel (2022): 864 scrimmage yards, five touchdowns in 13 games
It’s possible NFL teams could contact Brandon Aiyuk in hopes that San Francisco is willing to follow the same path it took by extending Arik Armstead and trading DeForest Buckner. For now, at least, any general manager hoping to take over Samuel will be out of luck.