As the countdown continues to the 2022 NFL draft, some big rumors are starting to fly around the league.
On Tuesday afternoon, NFL insider Adam Schefter dropped a report that San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel potentially wants to “move on” from the team and has put extension talks on hold for now. And on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the initial report, Samuel has requested a trade per 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
This has already been a wild offseason with Tyreek Hill and Davante Adams both being traded earlier this season. Now, a dynamic playmaker who has been used as a receiver and a running back is now on the market and the Chicago Bears should absolutely make a call.
Right now, the report is fresh and no teams have been connected to Samuel. However, things will start to pick up here in the coming hours and days. For a team like Chicago who needs to surround Justin Fields with weapons, making the call to San Francisco should be a priority.
Adding Samuel would give the Bears another dynamic to their offense and suddenly make this offseason a win despite limited moves. It would take at least both seconds this year and potentially future picks which is something that Ryan Poles values but landing a player like this should make it worth it.
The 26-year-old Samuel is coming off a big 2021 season, finishing the year with 1,405 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. He also led the league averaging 18.2 yards per reception. Samuel added 59 rushing attempts for 365 yards and 8 touchdowns.
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