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Jeremy Fowler Names "Frontrunner" In Potential Deebo Samuel Trade

Deebo Samuel runs down the field while carrying the football.

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 28: Deebo Samuel #19 of the San Francisco 49ers runs the ball for a first down in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Levi's Stadium on November 28, 2021 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

There's just over 24 hours remaining until the 2022 NFL Draft, so if the San Francisco 49ers want to get draft picks this year for disgruntled wide receiver Deebo Samuel, they need to act soon.

But one team appears to be the frontrunner to land Samuel if the 49ers are finally willing to let him go. According to ESPN NFL insider Jeremy Fowler, the New York Jets are that frontrunner. He added that the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions are interested too.

"49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel recently requested a trade, and most people in the league consider the Jets the front-runners, though even some interested teams don't expect the 49ers to move off Samuel in the short term. Multiple teams are calling, and it's believed San Francisco is at least listening. I'm told the Lions and Packers also have interest," Fowler wrote.

It's no big shock that the Jets are considered the frontrunner. Rumors have been spreading since the day Samuel's trade request was first revealed that the Jets were all in on trying to get him.

The New York Jets have reportedly been willing to offer their No. 10 overall pick to pry Deebo Samuel out of San Francisco. But it's widely believed that they'll need to give up more to make the 49ers amenable to the move.

The Jets have previous ties to Samuel via head coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur. Both worked with Samuel while they were assistants in San Francisco.

The 49ers will be hard-pressed to find anyone who can - let alone will - offer as much as the Jets.

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