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Fred Warner believes Deebo Samuel ‘loves the team’ but Pelissero says 49ers, WR remain in ‘standoff’

May 13, 2022 at 11:30 AM--


San Francisco 49ers star linebacker Fred Warner spoke with NFL Network's Tom Pelissero following the NFL's schedule release yesterday. The Pro Bowl and All-Pro defender was asked about his disgruntled teammate, wide receiver Deebo Samuel, who requested a trade this offseason.

Samuel is eligible for a contract extension, but there have been no updates on that front. And the 49ers didn't grant his wish for a trade either.

Warner told Pelissero that 49ers teammates, like quarterback Trey Lance and tight end George Kittle, have been in contact with Samuel since the trade request became public last month.

Pelissero pressed Warner to reveal his level of confidence that Samuel is playing for the 49ers come Week 1 against the Chicago Bears.

"I know that Deebo loves the team that he plays for," Warner responded, per Pelissero on NFL Network. "I know the type of teammate, the type of player that he is in that locker room, the amount of love that we have for him [and] he has for us. So I think it's just a matter of time before something gets done."

Pelissero added that Samuel remains "fairly convicted" in wanting to leave the 49ers.

"At this point, it is a standoff, and I would not anticipate that Deebo Samuel is going to be showing up any time particularly soon for any of the 49ers' offseason activities," said Pelissero.

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