Odell Beckham Jr. Trolls Twitter by Saying 49ers Traded Deebo Samuel to PatriotsApril 30, 2022
The 2022 NFL draft has come to a close, and San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel has yet to be traded.
That said, free-agent receiver Odell Beckham Jr. still trolled football fans by tweeting that Samuel had been traded to the New England Patriots in what would have been a blockbuster deal.
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer were quick to deny Beckham's tweet, noting that New England has just $200,000 in cap space, which is not even close to enough space needed to acquire Samuel.
Shortly after Beckham tweeted Samuel had been traded to the Patriots, the 49ers star tweeted the following:
Samuel would have instantly become New England's best receiver had Beckham's tweet actually been true. The 26-year-old had a breakout 2021 season, catching 77 passes for 1,405 yards and six touchdowns, in addition to rushing for 365 yards and eight scores.
There's no question the Patriots need an elite receiver for second-year quarterback Mac Jones. They acquired DeVante Parker from the Miami Dolphins earlier this offseason, but he doesn't compare to some of the receivers already in the AFC East like Tyreek Hill or Stefon Diggs.
Aside from Parker, the Patriots will enter the 2022 season with second-round pick Tyquan Thornton, Kendrick Bourne, Jakobi Meyers, Nelson Agholor, Ty Montgomery, N'Keal Harry, Kristian Wilkerson and Tre Nixon as their top receivers.
The only upgrade head coach Bill Belichick made was trading for Parker. That's not going to cut it in an increasingly difficult AFC East.
Considering NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that the 49ers denied a Samuel trade offer from the New York Jets, it's hard to imagine the Patriots being able to muster up enough assets to entice San Francisco into letting him head East.
All this said, the Patriots could still potentially be players for Beckham. ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported that New England had "exploratory talks" with the veteran early in free agency, and the two sides have flirted with the idea of teaming up in the past.
Beckham had an impressive season with the Los Angeles Rams in 2021, catching 27 passes for 305 yards and five touchdowns in eight games for the franchise after the Cleveland Browns released him.
Beckham would be the downfield threat the Patriots need in 2022, but we'll have to wait and see if the team is interested in adding another receiver before the season begins.