John Lynch: “Nothing’s changed” on Deebo Samuel

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As it turns out, Odell Beckham Jr. was treating the last day of April as if it was the first day of April, tweeting as a joke that 49ers receiver Deebo Samuel was being traded to the Patriots. (OBJ was committed to the gag, hinting at the coming fake scoop a day early.)

The truth was and is that nothing is happening. 49ers G.M. John Lynch was asked by reporters on Saturday whether there were any more phone calls from other teams about Samuel and whether anything has changed.

“There wasn’t,” Lynch said. “Nothing’s changed.”

The 49ers made it clear on Friday night that they hope nothing changes. They want things to settle down. They hope they can figure something out. While the true issue between player and team officially begins a mystery, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan seemed to blurt out on Friday night that a contractual impasse is at the core of the situation.

Other teams can still try to trade for Samuel. The offers made so far haven’t been great. That could help Samuel come to terms with the reality that he either needs to take the best offer the 49ers will make or roll the dice on 2022, hopeful that another big year will draw even bigger offers.

Regardless, the 49ers managed to get through the draft without trading Samuel. They’ll now try to persuade Deebo to change his tune. They’ll find out along with the rest of us whether it works.

23 responses to “John Lynch: “Nothing’s changed” on Deebo Samuel

  1. He better hold out. These teams will try to use up everything you have without paying.

  2. Or the 49ers disliked the value in this draft and would entertain offers for next year’s picks.

  3. He is not an elite pass catcher, his value is all about his ability to run the ball, but he no longer wants to do that. Totally get teams reluctantness…

  4. I’d be signing for 2 years and 2 years only. I’d want Every penny fully guaranteed at signing, and this way if you excel you control your own destiny, because for all of these contracts that you see get signed these days the first couple of years are usually the only ones guaranteed anyway, so why give the team any options beyond 2 years.

  5. Deebo is on a team (Niners) that has been to two NFC Championships and one Super Bowl in the last 3 years. Odds are that any team that takes him will not be as good.

  6. Two year deal, fully guaranteed AND with a no franchise or transition clause! Go out and ball for two years and then take your pick of the team(s) that may want you.

  7. Lynch made a huge mistake not trading Samuel. The moment Samuel said he would no longer play out of the backfield, Lynch should’ve moved him for the best trade available, and taken a WR in the draft. Now Deebo will hold out for $25m a year, which is ridiculous to pay if you already know his usage will be reduced.

  8. This bs has got to end. THEE NFL must change all future contracts to say that “if you sit out because you refuse to play, you do so without pay, period end of story”. These convicts are running the prisons, I get to sit out and get da money, aka Watson.

  9. ImaPayne says:
    May 1, 2022 at 4:32 pm
    This bs has got to end. THEE NFL must change all future contracts to say that “if you sit out because you refuse to play, you do so without pay, period end of story”. These convicts are running the prisons, I get to sit out and get da money, aka Watson.
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    What? If they refuse to play, the team can withhold their game day check. If they miss mandatory meetings and practices, the team can fine them. If the player holds out to far into the year, they don’t get credit for a season earned toward free agency.

  10. I think h e would be more ammenable to running the ball – if he was paid more.

  11. Need to just let this clown go!!! Trade him and be done with it. Ofseason distractions and controversy can kill a teams season before it starts. I hope they move him sooner rather than later.

  12. Dude has seen Trey Lance play and wants to play elsewhere. What’s hard to understand?

  13. Christopher Allan says:
    May 1, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    What? If they refuse to play, the team can withhold their game day check. If they miss mandatory meetings and practices, the team can fine them. If the player holds out to far into the year, they don’t get credit for a season earned toward free agency.

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    See Ramsey, Jalen. Did the Jags show him who is the boss?

  14. Since RB’s only last a few years, rarely getting a decent 2nd contract it is smart of Deebo to say no thanks to Lynch and Shanahan using him up for little pay. The only way this gets solved is to pay Deebo a $20 plus million a year contract with $50 to $60 million fully guaranteed or watch him hold out our develop the Ramsey back syndrome or business decision play and just run backwards out of bounds or fall down every time and drop every pass that isn’t wide open. Once there is a disgruntled player about playing and how the coach is using him the only option to to cut your loses and move on.

  15. Hes only had 1 great season. All teams need to clamp down on this diva behavior and shut down any talks about a new contract. No, you haven’t out played your deal, you signed it and we paid you tons of money. Well talk after the current deal is done.

  16. Nothing has changed with DeeBoy. Apparently he is still on the floor throwing a tantrum and kicking the floor. Many one hit wonders would like to be in their respective HOF. DeeBoy needs a reality check. I hope the 49ers start snatching money from his wallet.

  17. A solution might be, pay all rookies the same regardless of where they go in the Draft. Team has their rights for 4 years; no 5th year option. Contract is guaranteed for 2 yeas. Team can choose to extend after 2 years instead of 3. This system will reward the performers and will end up being good for veterans as roster spots will not be occupied players in year 3 or 4 who are still on team because of their contract.

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