The 49ers’ relationship with disgruntled wide receiver Deebo Samuel has continued to deteriorate since Samuel requested a trade.
His trade request may take longer to process due to their high asking price for him.
Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer recently asked an anonymous NFL general manager about the 49ers and Samuel’s situation.
“One rival GM told me Sunday that you’d have to go to John Lynch with two first-round picks to replace the ones the Niners traded away last year to get Trey Lance,” Breer wrote.
Samuel’s worth as a top-tier wide receiver stems from his ability to play both primary receiver and play-action running back, a role he dubbed “wide back”.
Last season, he had 1,770 total yards (1,405 receiving, 365 rushing), earning him a Pro Bowl and First Team All-Pro award.
Samuel will be a huge offensive force wherever he goes.
The 49ers have been calling Samuel, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport on “NFL Now.”
The asking price of two first-round selections is too much for any team to stomach unless they absolutely trust in what he brings to the table.
The NFL draught on Thursday will reveal who blinks first, between the franchise and Samuel.
It would be prudent for the 49ers to accept a reasonable offer, given Samuel is unlikely to play for them this season.
But if they drag it out, they risk getting even less for him.