Everyone around the NFL is still processing Deebo Samuel's trade request. While Derek Carr admires the star wide receiver's abilities, he doesn't anticipate the Las Vegas Raiders acquiring another superstar target this offseason.
On Wednesday, Samuel reportedly told ESPN's Jeff Darlington that he asked the 49ers for a trade. That's a huge deal if San Francisco complies, as the 26-year-old posted 1,405 receiving yards last season while also tallying 365 rushing yards and a team-high eight rushing scores.
Like many onlookers, Carr couldn't believe another game-changing talent may be on the move.
"Dang man that's crazy," Carr wrote Wednesday on Twitter. "He does everything on the field."
Blue Wire's Kenny King Jr. joked that the quarterback was rushing to general manager Dave Ziegler's office to persuade the Raiders to acquire Samuel. Carr, however, said the team needs to save that money for Hunter Renfrow.
The duo developed a strong rapport in their third season together, as Renfrow caught 103 of 128 targets for 1,038 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in 2021. The 2019 fifth-round pick deserves a sizable raise from the $2.54 million he's due in his final year under contract.
The Raiders probably don't have the means or interest in handing out another massive long-term deal to Samuel. Las Vegas just signed Carr to a three-year, $121.5 million contract extension. After acquiring Davante Adams from the Green Bay Packers, they awarded the star wideout a five-year, $141.25 million deal that momentarily made him the NFL's highest-paid wideout before Tyreek Hill got paid the following week.
Yet Renfrow has emerged as a key contributor to the Raiders' offense. Carr wants to see his Pro Bowl teammate stick around, even if it means forgoing another big splash.