Deebo Samuel Likes Tweet Showing Him in Cowboys Uniform After 49ers Trade Request

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVApril 20, 2022

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 16: Deebo Samuel #19 of the San Francisco 49ers runs after making a catch during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. The 49ers defeated the Cowboys 23-17. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
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San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel may be providing a hint toward his preferred destination after requesting a trade from the Niners on Wednesday.

Samuel liked a post on Twitter showing him in a Dallas Cowboys uniform:

Michael Gehlken @GehlkenNFL

The most recently liked Twitter posts from Niners WR Deebo Samuel’s confirmed account are reports of his trade request and an image of how he’d look in a Cowboys uniform.<br><br>Samuel and WR CeeDee Lamb spent time together off field at Pro Bowl in Las Vegas. Also have same agent. <a href="https://t.co/FPPOrMBG6G">pic.twitter.com/FPPOrMBG6G</a>

The 2021 Pro Bowl selection confirmed to ESPN's Jeff Darlington he's asked the 49ers for a trade, but he declined to elaborate on the reasons for his decision.

Samuel is entering the final season of his four-year, $7.2 million rookie contract, and the sides haven't agreed to an extension. However, it appears his discontent goes beyond that situation.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday on NFL Live that the Niners' front office was willing to make a fair-market extension offer, but the standout playmaker was staying away from contract talks.

"This, I think right now, is Deebo Samuel not wanting to get a deal done," Schefter said (via SI's Wilton Jackson). "... The 49ers are ready. Deebo Samuel is the one who has put a halt to everything for right now."

Samuel is coming off a breakout 2021 season in which he recorded 1,770 yards from scrimmage (1,406 receiving and 365 rushing) and 15 total touchdowns (eight rushing, six receiving and one passing) across 16 appearances.

His all-around playmaking ability would make him a welcome addition to pretty much any offense in the NFL, so the 49ers should have no shortage of suitors if they make him available for trade.

Moving him out of the NFC would probably be desirable, which could impact any pursuit by the Cowboys.

That said, a group of weapons featuring Samuel, CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup, Dalton Schultz, Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard around quarterback Dak Prescott would create massive problems for opposing defenses this season.

On the flip side, his multifaceted role within the Niners' scheme would make him tough to replace for a franchise in win-now mode after reaching last season's NFC Championship Game.

San Francisco also holds some leverage between the season left on the receiver's contract and its ability to use the franchise tag for 2023.