If a Deebo Samuel trade is coming, timing becomes critical

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The 49ers have said nothing about whether they will grant receiver Deebo Samuel‘s request for a trade. If they will, and if they’re lining up a deal for the All-Pro wideout, there’s a very good reason to wait.

If the 49ers will be acquiring a 2022 first-round pick as part of the compensation package, the 49ers should keep any word of that transaction completely quiet until the selection is on the clock. For example, if the Jets will be sending the 10th overall pick (and more) to the 49ers for Samuel, it will be much better for the 49ers to not slide into that spot at a time when they could be leapfrogged by a team with a lower spot that guesses right about the 49ers’ plans for that pick.

That approach requires discretion. It requires trust. It requires a commitment to full cooperation by everyone involved, in order to ensure that the rest of the league doesn’t know that the 49ers will be securing a pick until the time comes for that pick to be used.

So don’t be surprised if you hear nothing more about a possible Deebo trade for the next week, and if it happens all of a sudden next Thursday night, as one of the inevitable surprises that will happen during the first round of the draft.

10 responses to “If a Deebo Samuel trade is coming, timing becomes critical

  1. If the Niners can’t unload Jimmy G and that $27 mil cap hit, they’ll have to hope Deebo shows up for camp,.. or trade him on draft day. They don’t even have enough cap room to sign draftees. The kid is a stud.

  2. If the Niners can’t unload Jimmy G and that $27 mil cap hit, they’ll have to hope Deebo shows up for camp,.. or trade him on draft day. They don’t even have enough cap room to sign draftees. The kid is a stud.
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    Except that Jimmy isnt due his guaranteed money until 1 week prior to the start of the season, and the cap doesn’t go into effect for the season until 53 man is set. A couple restructures can easily fit a rookie draft class worth of cap space to buy time.

  3. There are maybe a handfull of teams that can handle the secrecy. After counting, at most ten. Of those, I see about five that might have interest, including Chiefs, Ravens, Patriots and Esgles… Pats and Ravens don’t have cap space, so Chiefs or Eagles?

  4. Deebo is not going anywhere. It’s posturing by his agent who also represents AJ Brown and DK Metcalf.

  5. Deebo is the perfect receiver for Hurt’s and the Eagles. We have draft picks and we suck at drafting (Thanks Howie).

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