Joe Douglas on Deebo Samuel: No specifics, but we’ll be aggressive for right opportunity

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49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel‘s trade request this week led to plenty of speculation about what teams would be making bids to acquire him.

The Jets are usually one of the first teams mentioned in such conversations. They have a need for offensive talent, a lot of high-end draft picks, and a connection to Samuel through head coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur.

They also made a bid to acquire Tyreek Hill before he was dealt to the Dolphins, which shows General Manager Joe Douglas is willing to take a big swing. Douglas confirmed as much on Thursday without making any direct mention of Samuel.

“I can’t get into specifics. . . . Since coming here my job has been to get the team better. I’ll do that any way that I can. . . . If the right opportunity presents itself, we are going to be aggressive,” Douglas said, via Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.

It’s a similar message to the one Douglas gave when asked about the Hill pursuit, but it remains to be seen if the Jets will be any more successful in the Samuel chase than they were in last month’s effort to upgrade their offense.

18 responses to “Joe Douglas on Deebo Samuel: No specifics, but we’ll be aggressive for right opportunity

  1. If Deebo thinks the taxes in California are high, just wait until he gets his first New York tax bill!

  2. If the Jets give up any more than #38 they’re fools. Samuels hasn’t been able to play a full season, yet, and to then pay him $20+Mil/year on top of losing a pick (or 2) is ludicrous.

  3. @pkjones – SO you think that you could get a better wr than Samuel with the #38 pick this year? you quite possibly could.. but you could also pick 3 WRs this draft and have non of them pan out. Samuel is a proven player. And no, he hasnt had bad seasons, just not as good as the last one. As I agree on paying him $25 / mil to a player as physical as him is risky.. but hey, that’s the marker .. someone will pay.

  4. Something about this situation has put a bad taste in my mouth regarding Deebo. This is a WR rich draft and the Jets have the picks. If I’m Douglas, I think I would stay away from Deebo.

  5. Sounds like those rookie salary caps and wage scales negotiated by both sides are now rendered moot. Have one good year? Now’s the time to hold out. I’m getting sick of this crap already.

  6. SparkyGump says:
    April 21, 2022 at 11:59 am

    Sounds like those rookie salary caps and wage scales negotiated by both sides are now rendered moot. Have one good year? Now’s the time to hold out. I’m getting sick of this crap already.

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    Agree, if players don’t like it then don’t agree to it in collective bargaining. Problem is that union members don’t seem to mind selling out future members. Look at what starting teaching salaries are.

  7. I’m tired of rookies holding teams hostage as well but I think in Deebo’s case he has a point. He is legitimately one of the most dangerous offensive weapons in the league. When he gets the ball he shifts into a different gear and everyone around him is in slo-mo. That also means he’ll always be susceptible to more injuries, exactly the same as other elite athletic talents around the league that play on a crazy-different level (eg Nick Bosa).
    Considering his versatility, pure talent and also the likelihood of injury I don’t blame him for wanting more $ right now. In 3 – 4 years it’s possible that injuries are catching up with him and the potential for a big contract is then gone.
    The upside of any team signing him now is that his next 2 – 3 years should still be great years.

  8. Deebo played almost every game in the last three years except in 2020, when he was injured for 9 games. He was a monster last year, being selected to the pro bowl.

    Samuel is a prize……and the Niners should keep him unless they get a top-ten pick.

  9. @RedBlooded – Yes, I’d gladly take any of: Watson, Tolbert, Pickens, Bell or Pierce with #38, pay him his estimated $9.4Mil (per Sportrac) for 4 years instead of ponying-up $100Mil+ over those same 4 years for Samuels. Chances of getting 60 games from any of those 5 is greater than with Samuels, also.

  10. Jets and Dolphins are trying to build their teams from the outside in. Not how you do it in football. All these weapons won’t mean a thing when your QB is running for his life. Young QBs benifit from great OL play far more than WRs.

  11. As he should, Joe Douglas will pass on Samuel. Stay the course Joe.

    Great player. Too expensive.

    Samuel wants his new deal and with the explosion in WR pricing, he is probably looking for five years and at least $75 MN guaranteed with a total contract upwards of $125 MN.

    Jets can’t do that without destroying their strategy and mortgaging the future. Someone will pay him, but worse than the contract is what you would have to give up. If the Jets were one or two guys from being an SB contender, maybe you pull the trigger. They aren’t and Douglas knows it.

    Douglas is in year three of his five year deal. If he stays patient they have a chance to contend next year and if not in the playoffs after that deserves to get the axe.

  12. nytro says:
    April 21, 2022 at 11:29 am
    If Deebo thinks the taxes in California are high, just wait until he gets his first New York tax bill!
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    California taxes are much worse than NY and the Jets are not in NY, let alone NYC.

  13. He’s great in the Shanahan system and will be average anywhere else. And in ANY system he will be hurt a lot and likely out of the league in four years.

  14. trade him….this the best wide receiver/skat back draft in years….and he seems to always be hurt(damaged goods)…but if he is not traded for at least a first round draft pick, this should send a message he might not want to hear….

  15. BuckyBadger says:
    Jets and Dolphins are trying to build their teams from the outside in. Not how you do it in football. All these weapons won’t mean a thing when your QB is running for his life. Young QBs benifit from great OL play far more than WRs.

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    The Jets have a completely new offensive line from what Joe Douglas inherited. There are now two first-round draft picks, a 2021 Pro Bowler, and two veterans who are average at worst. After adapting to the new scheme last year, the OL played fairly well down the stretch and will add Mekhi Becton (back from injury) and Laken Tomlinson. Barring significant injuries, they will be a top-15 line at worst this year, and have the potential to be top 10 or better.

    Joe Douglas has said from day one that building the O-Line was a high priority for him, and he’s been true to his word. He’s invested more resources into that position group than any other on the team.

  16. They are so much more than one play maker away from competing. Keep building the team, add pieces like this when you’re close.

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