Deebo Samuel appears to be 100% sure that he wants out of the Bay Area. It was announced on Wednesday that he officially requested a trade.
On Friday, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport joined The Pat McAfee Show and provided some damning information about Samuel’s trade request. He also touched on a video being circulated featuring Samuel saying that he doesn’t have an offer from the 49ers.
“First of all, I have not corroborated that this is real,” Rapoport said Friday on the Pat McAfee Show. “I believe it is. But I want to talk on the assumption that it is real, and that the people in the video are who they appear to be because otherwise, this doesn’t make any sense.
“I would say that is correct that Deebo Samuel has not received an offer from the 49ers. From my understanding, he basically told them, ‘I want to be traded. Don’t make an offer.’ … I don’t think this is [about the money].
“Now, if he had an offer in hand of $25 million a year, might it make it more difficult to have started this whole thing? Yeah. I think, had the 49ers made an offer initially, he’d have a lot more to think about. They didn’t. So he does not have an offer. He told them, ‘Don’t make an offer. I want to be traded.’ So I think all of that was accurate.”
Rapoport adds that he believes Samuel is OK with not having an offer because he doesn’t want to play for the 49ers anyway. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the New York Jets, Detroit Lions, and Green Bay Packers have shown interest in Samuel.
Last season, Samuel had 1,770 scrimmage yards and 14 total touchdowns and helped the team reach the NFC Championship Game.