NFL Rumors: Jets Believe 49ers Want 'King's Ransom' in Possible Deebo Samuel Trade

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVApril 20, 2022

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Deebo Samuel of the San Francisco 49ers speaks during an interview on day 2 of SiriusXM at Super Bowl LVI  on February 10, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
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The New York Jets may have interest in trading for Deebo Samuel, but he's reportedly not going anywhere for cheap.

Josina Anderson of CBS Sports reported Wednesday the San Francisco 49ers would want a "king's ransom" to part with their disgruntled wide receiver. 

Samuel told Jeff Darlington of ESPN that he requested a trade Wednesday amid a lack of movement in contract negotiations. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network indicated the trade request came due in part to Samuel's frustration with his role in the 49ers offense. 

Samuel regularly lined up all over the field last season, recording 77 receptions for 1,405 yards along and racking up 59 carries for 365 yards. He also recorded 14 touchdowns, eight of which came on the ground.

The wideout market has seen massive spikes in contracts this offseason, thanks to deals for Davante Adams (five years, $141.3 million) and Tyreek Hill (four years, $120 million). 

Hill and Adams have one thing in common: They were traded before landing megadeals. While Stefon Diggs was able to stick around in Buffalo and get his own massive contract with the Bills, that only came after Adams and Hill forced their way to a new location and had the leverage to demand massive deals.

The 49ers have given no indication they plan on trading Samuel, who is under contract through the 2022 season and could receive the franchise tag next offseason if the impasse remains. 

Both Adams and Hill were traded for multiple high draft picks, and if the 49ers are as steadfast in keeping Samuel as they seem, the price could be even higher.