The San Francisco 49ers might soon be parting ways with star receiver Deebo Samuel after his trade request, and Twitter is going wild.
This has to be the most entertaining NFL offseason ever.
We have yet to reach the NFL Draft, and we’ve already seen Matt Ryan, Carson Wentz, Russell Wilson, Tyreek Hill, Davante Adams and Deshaun Watson all traded. Now, another could be added to the list in San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel, who made his request to be moved public on Wednesday morning.
In his third season out of South Carolina, the former second-round pick made both First-Team All-Pro and Pro Bowl status for the first time. Samuel rushed for 365 yards and eight touchdowns along with amassing 77 receptions for 1,405 yards and and an additional six scores.
On Twitter, the reactions to Samuel’s wanting out of San Francisco has tilted the website:
Should the Niners decide to trade away Samuel, there will be a long line of interested suitors. However, the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs immediately come to mind. Both teams have multiple draft picks in the first and second rounds, and each has a significant need at receiver after trading away Adams and Hill, respectively.
Furthermore, the Chiefs are well-positioned should they want to make a move from a financial standpoint, having a clean cap sheet in the years ahead. Green Bay would be in a tough spot cap-wise, but money can be moved around.
It should also be noted both teams have a good relationship with the Niners. Packers head coach Matt LaFleur worked extensively with Kyle Shanahan in Washington before Shanahan took the main job in San Francisco. Finally, in 2019, Chiefs general manager Brett Veach swung a big trade with San Francisco, sending edge rusher Dee Ford to the west coast for a second-round pick.