San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch has discussed the latest when it comes to Deebo Samuel and his future with the team.
The 26-year-old Deebo Samuel has developed into one of the biggest offensive weapons in the NFL, with the San Francisco 49ers turning the natural wide receiver into a dual threat in the ground game as well.
Last year for instance he managed to haul in 1,405 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns whilst also rushing for 365 yards and 8 touchdowns along the ground in the regular season, helping get the 49ers to the playoffs.
However, his future is very much up in the air at the moment with multiple twists and turns that haven’t given any clear indication as to what will happen to him in the 2022 season.
The story so far
The San Francisco 49ers insist that they will not be trading or releasing him, with John Lynch being quoted as saying back in April before the NFL Draft, that he didn’t see a scenario where they would let him get away from them:
49ers GM John Lynch on Deebo Samuel, at his pre-draft presser: "You just don't let guys like that walk. I can't envision a scenario where we would."— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 25, 2022
Although it should be noted that the 49ers did draft a running back and wide receiver over draft weekend, Tyrion Davis-Price and Danny Gray respectively, so these could be the seeds being planted to replace Samuel if they do eventually give in.
Through all this, Samuel has been adamant that he doesn’t want to be back with the team, even going as far as holding out as the team begin their OTAs this offseason:
The #49ers begin OTAs today and star WR Deebo Samuel won’t be in attendance, source said. Not a surprise, as his situation remains unsettled.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 23, 2022
Lynch still confident
Speaking at the recent Dwight Clark Legacy Series (via Adam Schefter), Lynch remained strong in his position that the team will not allow him to walk away this summer, stating that he will be a part of the team:
49ers’ GM John Lynch, when asked at last night’s “Dwight Clark Legacy Series” event, about Deebo Samuel’s status with the team: “We haven't traded him, and I'd be a fool to trade him, so yes, Deebo will be part of the 49ers this season.”— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 2, 2022
There is still some way to go between now and the start of the season, so it is still possible that a deal could be struck, but with both sides still negotiating from the same position that they have been all along, it’s hard to see where the compromise will come from.