The San Francisco 49ers have a significant situation on their hands.
It’s more serious than failing to trade Jimmy Garoppolo sooner than later.
Do-it-all wide receiver Deebo Samuel officially requested a trade from the team.
While the exact reasons for his demand remain uncertain, several explanations could shed light on the All-Pro wideout’s mind.
There were reports that he didn’t like how he was used in the 49ers’ offense, opting to become a full-time wide receiver instead.
There are also rumors that he simply didn’t want to live in California.
Samuel has made up his mind that he denied a banner flashed at a club saying “Deebo is staying.”
But if 49ers general manager John Lynch would have his way, he would like to retain a player who will only get better.
#49ers GM John Lynch tells reporters in his pre-draft press conference that he will not talk about Deebo Samuel because it's not productive and not in the best interest of anyone.
He later adds: "I can't ever imagine wanting to move on from Deebo. … He's too good of a player."
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) April 25, 2022
Pro Football Focus writer Ari Meirov tweeted, “#49ers GM John Lynch tells reporters in his pre-draft press conference that he will not talk about Deebo Samuel because it’s not productive and not in the best interest of anyone. He later adds: ‘I can’t ever imagine wanting to move on from Deebo. … He’s too good of a player.'”
Samuel Is A Star They Must Keep
Lynch is spot on because Samuel was a massive part of last season’s offense.
Former offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel made him the X-factor of their run game, enabling him to set an NFL record of eight rushing touchdowns by a receiver.
He also dazzled in the passing game with 1,405 yards and six touchdowns.
The 49ers would have difficulty replacing him, even if they draft a wide receiver from the deep 2022 class.
Therefore, it would be better for both parties to find a resolution to the stalemate.
Otherwise, San Francisco will find it challenging to remain competitive with their NFC West rivals.