A slow news Wednesday immediately becomes one to remember as Deebo Samuel requests a trade from the 49ers, according to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington:
Breaking News: I just spoke to wide receiver Deebo Samuel — and he told me that he has asked the 49ers to trade him.
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.
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) April 20, 2022
Should the Eagles trade for him? If you listen closely you can hear the phone lines opening.
I can see the tweet now from Adam Schefter:
“Eagles made the ‘hardest push’ I’m told for Samuel. But in the end John Lynch felt the Rams offer was stronger and they wanted to do right by Deebo.”
If the Rams get Deebo with their non-existent picks and non-existent cap space I’m going to turn into The Joker.
On a serious note, should the Eagles actually pursue Deebo? Lets look at what people much smarter than me think:
The #Eagles have the money, draft picks and need for Deebo Samuel. It is really just a matter of if they want to invest all the resources into getting it.
— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) April 20, 2022
“49ers WR Deebo Samuel wants to be the highest paid non quarterback because of his impact and versatility. Who can argue after what he did in 2021?”
That distinction currently belongs to Tyreek Hill, making $30 million per year, a huge number. Is it too much to give to any wide receiver?
Consider that DeVonta Smith averaged 6.1 targets per game for the Eagles last year (104 in 17 games, although he only played in one quarter of Game No. 17) in the run-heaviest scheme in the league. The 49ers also run the ball a lot and, like the Eagles, had a flawed quarterback in Jimmy Garappolo, and Samuel saw 121 targets, an average of 7.1 per game, 21st among NFL wide receivers. Smith was 33rd.
But Samuel was incredibly productive in those targets, with 77 catches and 1405 yards with 6 TDs and, unlike Smith and virtually every other wideout in football, Samuel was a weapon out of the backfield for Kyle Shanahan, with 59 rushing attempts (3.5 per game) and an incredible 21 TDs. One would imagine Nick Sirianni could find a way to get Samuel 3-4 rushing attempts per game to maximize that ability.
Still, is 7 targets and 3.5 rushing attempts per game enough to warrant $30 million a season? And perhaps that’s even less than he’d get with the Eagles, too.
$30 million for a wide receiver? In this economy?
Lets go to the polls:
With what you would have to give up for Deebo Samuel and pay him, do you think Eagles should trade for him?
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) April 20, 2022
— Darius Slay (@bigplay24slay) April 20, 2022
— Avonte Maddox (@2live_AM) April 20, 2022
Field Yates always good for a joke your dad will crack up at:
I put together a graphic of every NFL team that should try to trade for Deebo Samuel. pic.twitter.com/grE9WpypPJ
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 20, 2022
This guy has a podcast:
Deebo Samuel will be PERFECT for the #Eagles for a bunch of reasons:
1. Great WR (all around)
2. Runs the ball (Eagles #1 in rushing)
3. Great YAC (easy targets for Hurts)
4. Willing blocker (Eagles run a lot)
We got the pics and the upcoming money to make it happen!!
— Philly Talk Podcast (@Philly_Mike25) April 20, 2022
The Eagles do run a lot. Spot the lie.
This guy has NFL in his handle so he must be legit:
If I’m the #Eagles I’m trading a 1st round pick, 4th round pick, and Jalen Reagor for Deebo Samuel right now.
— Luke Stansfield (@Luke_StansNFL) April 20, 2022
Why is this guy not in Howie’s war room? This guy thinks so far outside the box I actually respect it. What if we give John Lynch such a shitty deal that he actually takes it? No one has tried that approach yet. Can’t say yes if you don’t try. There’s no doubt Luke has, “Winner of 10 straight Franchise Mode Super Bowls on Xbox (All-Pro)” at the top of his resume.
The only thing I know is if you want to get answers you go to the source. While every Eagles reporter is speculating here at Crossing Broad we get answers. Move over Anthony SanFilippo there’s another Big J on this on site. I’ll update when Deebo’s brother gets back to me:
I'm on it guys pic.twitter.com/zwSfycmpUK
— Kyle (@KyleWooderboys) April 20, 2022