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Deebo remains a 49er, but he could still be moved today

Apr 29, 2022 at 10:13 AM--

The Deebo Samuel saga took a decidedly less dramatic turn yesterday, when the rumors of "Godfather deals" dried up and he remained on the 49ers roster. It would be premature, however, to conclude that Deebo is here to stay. Consider areas on the roster that the 49ers would like to improve.

The team absolutely needs new starting-caliber players at both center and safety. They need speed threats at wide receiver and running back. While they are in pretty good shape at edge rusher (Nick Bosa plus Rando Abunchofguys makes for an effective pairing), they'd love to be elite at that spot. Selecting an explosive, flexible speed rusher to team up with Bosa would make the pass rush deadly again. It would provide great security for the future to obtain an athletically promising tackle to groom behind Trent Williams, the best lineman in football, who looked nearly flawless last year, but who cannot play forever. The team also wants to secure an athletic, physical tight end to spare George Kittle some snaps and insure against any injury to him.

Looking at draft capital, the 49ers could certainly select a speedy running back on Saturday, and It's possible (though not especially likely) that they could get their speed receiver and developmental tackle there, too. The edge rusher, tight end, starting safety, and starting center would all need to come today in the second and third rounds, and it may be wishful thinking to hope that two of those needs could be filled at the end of the third round, with picks 93 and 105. The 49ers may be motivated to move Samuel for a deal that provides them multiple picks in the second and third rounds, in addition to one or more picks next year.

The Jets, in particular are flush with draft capital and could put together a package including two picks at the start of the second round. They reportedly offered picks 35, 38, and 69 for Tyreek Hill. That deal is gone now, because they traded picks 38 and 69 to move back into the first round last night. If they were to add some compensation for the 2023 draft into the mix, that could move the needle for the 49ers. Having secured an elite receiver prospect yesterday, the Jets could also afford to add second-year receiver Elijah Moore into the deal, substituting him for one of the second round picks.

While Day Two picks don't sound as exciting as a top ten selection, they likely represent more overall talent than the 49ers could bring in by trading for the tenth pick and attempting to trade down. If the 49ers don't feel confident about their ability to work out a long-term deal, a Day Two haul that included Elijah Moore and some combination of Boye Mafe, Christian Watkins, Cam Jurgens, Nick Cross, Jelani Woods, and Sean Rhyan could go a long way to make the team feel better about failing to mend fences with Deebo.
The opinions within this article are those of the writer and, while just as important, are not necessarily those of the site as a whole.


  • Nick
    I don’t think Lynch passed on trading Deebo for #10 overall just so he could land some day 2 picks. ???? Once the 1st round came and went without a Deebo trade, it was a done deal. They’re going to mend fences and re-sign him.
    Apr 29, 2022 at 11:03 AM
  • Matt P
    If Lynch actually trades Deebo for a bunch of day 2 picks and a banged up, mediocre receiver, that's a fireable offense. The niners brass has completely mismanaged this, and the Jimmy G situation. If they passed up the number 10 overall, and they miss out on Christian Watson, they clearly cannot manage this franchise. This is going to turn into an extremely difficult and embarrassing situation for Lynch, whose arrogance is clearly standing in the way of this team achieving greatness. If Trey Lance is the answer (which I believe he is) then every single move better reflect a way to help him get better. I love Jimmy, but cut him. Immediately following the draft if they don't move him. Sign Deebo or trade him for one of these rookie receivers you missed out on. I know the niners have had success, but the niners I grew up rooting for didn't consider playoff appearances as success. We are supposed to win super bowls. Right now, we have a GM that can't make decisions and tends to sign and draft injury prone players. We have a coach that is responsible for the 2 largest blown leads in super bowl history and boasts a career losing record. This is our team as of right now.
    Apr 29, 2022 at 10:49 AM

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