Many football fans were caught off guard recently when San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel publicly requested a trade. Samuel looked poised to stay in San Francisco for the long term following a very successful 2021 season, so his desire to move on came as a shcok.
ESPN's Adam Schefter has reported one of the biggest factors in a potential Samuel trade this offseason is that the 26-year-old allegedly wants to play closer to his home state of South Carolina.
Deebo Samuel Trade Rumors
South Carolina was all Samuel knew before he was drafted 36th overall by the 49ers in 2019. He grew up and played high school football in the state before spending all four years of his collegiate career playing at the University of South Carolina.
While there isn't an NFL team in SC, the Atlanta Falcons, Tennessee Titans and Carolina Panthers are all fairly close, with the Florida-based teams not too far behind either. The list of suitors could also expand or narrow depending on what Samuel defines as being close to South Carolina.
Whichever team ends up acquiring Samuel, assuming he's traded, will have a versatile talent on their hands. His versatility saw him rack up 1,405 receiving yards on 77 receptions and 365 rushing yards on 59 yards — along with a combined 14 touchdowns — last season en route to earning Pro-Bowl and first-team All-Pro honors for the first time in his career.
There are just under five months until the 2022 NFL season begins, giving the 49ers and Samuel ample time to figure out a solution. Nevertheless, these sorts of disputes can be distracting, making it best to handle the situation sooner than later.
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