Report: Deebo remains ‘dug in' on 49ers trade request


It appears that Deebo Samuel isn't going anywhere ... for now. 

After reportedly requesting a trade from the 49ers, Samuel ended up staying put through the NFL draft, as San Francisco did not receive any trade packages that met their asking price. 

"You'll consider anything," Shanahan told reporters on Friday. "You have a responsibility to help your organization the most you can. But losing a player like Deebo, it's hard to see how that helps your organization. So you try to look into all the aspects of it and what people are willing to do, and nothing (so far) was even remotely close to what we thought would be fair to us or fair for the Niners."

Over the weekend, star NFL wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. took to Twitter on multiple occasions where he engaged with Samuel and posted trade rumors that were quickly proven false. The two have had a budding friendship after their interaction following the 49ers' NFC Championship Game loss to the Los Angeles Rams and appear to be in frequent communication. 

ESPN NFL reporter Jeremy Fowler joined SportsCenter on Sunday morning, where he provided an update on Samuel's trade request. 

"I guess Odell Beckham Jr. is out here breaking news, saying Deebo Samuel is going to the Patriots, I guess that was a joke," Fowler said. "I never got the sense the Patriots were involved, that his price tag would be too rich. But right now, the teams who were involved or that inquired about Samuel addressed their needs at receiver in the draft. So this could be a long process. I'm told Deebo still is dug in, still wants to be traded, but knows this could drag out for a while."

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The 49ers are not obligated to trade Samuel, who is under contract for the 2022 season and owed just over $4 million, possibly preventing him from sitting out during training camp and into the regular season. 

General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan will do everything in their power to mend the situation, but it appears that the superstar wide receiver still wants out. 

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