Evaluating Detroit Lions trade for NFL wide receiver Deebo Samuel

Could Deebo Samuel be leaving San Francisco?

Earlier this week, the 49ers star receiver deleted the 49ers profile picture from his Instagram profile and ditched the team on the popular social media platform.

Samuel is also set to enter the final year of his rookie contract in 2022, and by all accounts contract extension talks aren’t going too well between him and the team that drafted him in the second round of the draft. the 2019 NFL.

All of the above could lead to a parting of ways between the two sides before the start of the 2022 campaign.

If that happens, the Detroit Lions would be smart to place a call in San Francisco for the former South Carolina Gamecocks player.

Samuel has been nothing but productive since entering the league, with his best season as a professional coming a year ago.

In 2021, the versatile yard phenom racked up 1,405 receiving yards and six catches, to go along with 365 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns. He also averaged an impressive 6.58 yards per rushing attempt, including 4.11 yards before contact per attempt and 2.67 yards after contact.

Samuel’s outstanding campaign earned him a Pro Bowl nod and first-team All-Pro honors.

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The speedster can terrorize a defense in different ways. He can line up wide, in the slot and in the backfield, and beat defenders at all levels. He became the face of the increasingly popular trend of “positionless” players in the NFL.

So it goes without saying that the 26-year-old would be a welcome addition to Detroit’s offensive lineup.

Still, don’t get your hopes up, Lions fans. Samuel is probably too expensive for Detroit general manager Brad Holmes’ liking, both from a trade compensation standpoint and contract demand.

Samuel has fundamentally revolutionized the way offenses are handled, and the 49ers are set to be a Super Bowl contender again this coming season. So any kind of trade offer for the ‘Swiss army knife’ offensive weapon will more than likely have to include multiple draft picks.

And, although Holmes has nine total picks available to him in the April draft, I think the organization will have a hard time parting with valuable draft capital for a player who is in his final year of his contract.

Speaking of that contract, Samuel is looking for a new long-term contract, and his market value, according to Spotrac, is $22.4 million per year.

As evidenced by the Lions’ conservative approach to free agency this offseason, I don’t expect the franchise to be willing to meet such demands, no matter how much of a game-changing player Samuel would be. gives for attacking Dan Campbell.

Due to the above reasons, I do not expect Holmes & Co. to be serious contenders for Samuel’s services.

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