Another blockbuster trade could be in the works. According to ESPN insider Jeff Darlington, San Francisco 49ers star Deebo Samuel has requested a trade.
"I just spoke to wide receiver Deebo Samuel — and he told me that he has asked the 49ers to trade him," Darlington tweeted. "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."
Samuel, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, is expected to receive a lucrative contract extension at some point in the future.
However, it doesn't sound like that long-term extension will happen with the 49ers.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport has reported that Samuel's trade request came in over a week ago.
"The trade request came in more than a week ago, and the 49ers have been aware of Deebo’s feelings for a while. This is why there have been no talks," Rapoport said.
Samuel had 1,770 scrimmage yards and 14 total touchdowns in 2021, proving that he's one of the most unique playmakers in the NFL.
If the 49ers do trade Samuel this offseason, they'll most likely receive a large haul of draft picks in return.