Deebo Samuel Trade Offers Weren't 'Remotely Close,' 49ers' Kyle Shanahan Says

Erin WalshApril 30, 2022

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 06: Deebo Samuel #19 of the San Francisco 49ers and NFC runs with the ball in the first quarter of the 2022 NFL Pro Bowl against the AFC at Allegiant Stadium on February 06, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Deebo Samuel wants to be traded but, apparently, the star wide receiver was no closer to being dealt by the San Francisco 49ers on Day 2 of the 2022 NFL draft.

"Losing a player like Deebo, it’s hard to see how helps your organization," head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters. "Nothing was remotely close to what we thought was fair to us or the 49ers."

It's unclear what the 49ers are looking for in exchange for Samuel. 

The New York Jets reportedly offered San Francisco the 10th overall pick and a fifth-rounder in exchange for Samuel, according to The Athletic's Matt Barrows. The 49ers declined, and the Jets went on to select Ohio State's Garrett Wilson with the 10th pick.

The Detroit Lions also reportedly made an offer for Samuel, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on The Pat McAfee Show (h/t Sports Illustrated). It's unclear what they offered, but Detroit ended up moving up to draft Jameson Williams 12th overall after missing out on Samuel.

Samuel reportedly requested a trade from the 49ers earlier this month. It's not exactly clear why he wants to move on, but NFL Network's Tom Pelissero noted on The Rich Eisen Show that "there's multiple layers" to his request, one of them being that he wants to be used solely as a wide receiver instead of a dual threat receiver/running back.

The 2021 season was a breakout campaign for Samuel. The 2019 second-round pick caught 77 passes for 1,405 yards and six touchdowns. He also has 59 carries for 365 yards and eight scores. 

Samuel ended up leading the team in receiving yards and ranked second in rushing yards behind running back Elijah Mitchell.

Through the first two days of the draft, the receiver market has been red-hot. After six wide receivers were selected in the first round, 11 more came off the board on Day 2 between the second and third rounds. 

In addition, the Baltimore Ravens traded Marquise "Hollywood" Brown to the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, and the Tennessee Titans traded A.J. Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles. 

Samuel is entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2022. If he isn't traded this year, he'll be in line for a significant contract once he hits free agency in 2023.