The New York Jets are looking to make a trade offer for former Auburn wide receiver Deebo Samuel, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport. Although the team has reportedly been receiving offers from multiple teams over the last few weeks, they could present an unusual package that would be too good to refuse by making their best offer yet.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Insider reports the Jets could make a Godfather offer for Deebo Samuel.
Deebo Samuel’s transfer demand was unexpected in an offseason when players’ Instagram tantrums and trade requests have become normal. The New York Jets, according to NFL source Ian Rapoport, are one club that might make the San Francisco 49ers a huge offer for the promising young wide receiver with running back talents.
The San Francisco 49ers were forced to transfer Deebo Samuel after he sought a trade.
Deebo Samuel | Getty Images/Lachlan Cunningham
Fans suspected problems when Deebo Samuel deleted any reference of the San Francisco 49ers from his Instagram account. The issue started a few weeks later when the team’s “wide back” demanded a move.
Samuel is a phenomenal artist. Samuel, a 2019 second-round draft selection out of South Carolina, is a force on the field when he’s healthy. Samuel played 22 games in his first two seasons, catching 90 passes for 1,193 yards and seven touchdowns.
The wideout fully took off in 2021. He has 77 receptions for 1,405 yards and six receiving touchdowns in 16 games. With an average of 18.2 yards per reception, he topped the league. Last season, Samuel developed into a dangerous weapon out of the backfield. He carried for 365 yards on 59 carries and scored eight more touchdowns on the ground.
Samuel’s greatest (and basically only) flaw is that he’s missed 11 games in the last three seasons. And, at 6-foot-215 pounds, how long can he survive as a part-time RB and a receiver who thrives at going over the middle in the NFL?
Any NFL club interested in trading for him, including the New York Jets, will have to answer that question.
The New York Jets, according to Ian Rapoport, might make a huge offer.
Ian Rapoport joined several of his NFL Network colleagues to update the situation as word of the Deebo Samuel trade demand circulated. The NFL source verified the desire and revealed who clubs would be competing for Deebo Samuel:
Deebo Samuel is ready to go. That is something we are aware of. We’re aware that multiple teams are interested. The Jets’ general manager, Joe Douglas, is interested in the Deebo Samuel scenario. They said they’d be aggressive if the occasion called for it. They’ve done it before. On the Tyreek Hill issue, we watched them swing — and ultimately miss — but still swing quite hard. I’m expecting the same thing to happen here.
Deebo Samuel and the New York Jets, according to Ian Rapoport
If the Jets want Samuel, as Rapoport indicates, they’ll have to come up with a Godfather offer. According to the NFL source, numerous other clubs are interested in the former South Carolina Gamecock, in addition to Gang Green.
Rapoport mentions the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, and Kansas City Chiefs as potential destinations, as well as “a few other teams interested.”
I’m simply curious if anybody has an offer that might entice the 49ers to accept it.” Rapoport came to a conclusion. “There comes a point when they say, ‘We can’t turn this offer down any longer.’”
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So, what would a “can’t-resist” offer for Deebo Samuel look like for the San Francisco 49ers?
This offseason has already seen two blockbuster WR transactions, so we have a bit of a road map to follow. Davante Adams was dealt by the Green Bay Packers to the Las Vegas Raiders in exchange for a first- and second-round selection (Nos. 22 and 53).
The Miami Dolphins gave the Kansas City Chiefs an even better deal for Tyreek Hill. The ‘Phins also contributed two fourths and a sixth round selection (Nos. 29 and 50), as well as a first- and second-round pick (Nos. 29 and 50).
Both of these wideouts have more experience and a better health record than Samuel, but Adams and Hill are older and will want larger contracts than Samuel.
The Jets have a lot of selections in the NFL Draft in 2022. The team has two selections in the first (Nos. 4 and 10) and second (Nos. 35 and 38) rounds, as well as two choices in the fourth (Nos. 111 and 117). The No. 10 choice, along with a few others, may be enough to beat the 49ers. Because No. 10 is so much higher than the selections the Raiders and Dolphins gave up, the Jets may be able to salvage their second-round picks by agreeing to a third (No. 69) or two fourths with the Niners.
If Joe Douglas and the Jets pull off this deal, it will almost certainly come down to the wire, so draft night should be entertaining.
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