- ESPN’s Jeff Darlington reported that he had spoken with Deebo Samuel who confirmed that he was requesting a trade out of San Francisco.
- Samuel went on to post and delete a cryptic tweet while appearing to respond to Darlington’s report.
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Deebo Samuel is sending mixed signals on social media regarding reports that he’s requested a trade out of San Francisco.
On Wednesday morning, ESPN’s Jeff Darlington revealed that he spoke to Samuel, who told him that he had requested a trade from the 49ers.
Breaking News: I just spoke to wide receiver Deebo Samuel — and he told me that he has asked the 49ers to trade him.
He did not want to discuss specific reasons behind his request, but he has indeed let the 49ers know his desire to leave the organization. More to come.
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) April 20, 2022
Samuel, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, told ESPN’s Jeff Darlington that he has asked the 49ers to trade him. Samuel declined to offer specific reasons for requesting the trade but acknowledged that he has informed the team of his desire to leave.
That comes on the heels of what has become an increasingly turbulent relationship between the two sides following Samuel’s breakout 2021 season. In recent weeks, Samuel has scrubbed any mention of the 49ers from his Instagram account, unfollowed the team and removed most photos of him in the team’s uniform from the platform.
Samuel’s trade request comes at a time when the salaries for wide receivers have skyrocketed. The Las Vegas Raiders gave Davante Adams $28.5 million per season on an extension after trading for him, and the Miami Dolphins rewarded Tyreek Hill with a contract averaging $30 million per season one week later after acquiring him from the Kansas City Chiefs. Buffalo’s Stefon Diggs also received a lucrative contract extension recently
Samuel reacted to the news of his trade request by tweeting that only he, his agent, and the 49ers know the truth about his situation.
— 49ers Webzone (@49erswebzone) April 20, 2022
Samuel’s tweet caused some confusion among fans.
“Reporters jobs are to make stories”
Didn’t Deebo Samuel tell a reporter directly that he’s requesting a trade? Confused on what he is trying to say
— Cameron Salerno (@cameronsalerno1) April 20, 2022