Buckle up: The San Francisco 49ers just may crash the draft party after all.
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Trade Talks ‘Ain’t Dead Yet’
Per ESPN NFL reporter Rich Cimini on the morning of Thursday, April 28 and just nearly eight hours before teams begin making their first picks, there’s this potential bombshell that could go off on draft night.
“What I’m hearing: Deebo Samuel/Jets ain’t dead yet. This sets up the possibility of the ultimate draft-night drama. Quite possible both teams waiting to see what’s available at 10 before pulling trigger,” Cimini tweeted.
The Jets have long been the front runner to land the All-Pro Samuel. The prior 49er connections on “Gang Green” — from former S.F. defensive coordinator turned Jets head coach Robert Saleh, to offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur (former passing game coordinator under Kyle Shanahan with the 49ers) and left guard free agent addition Laken Tomlinson — all give the fuel that the Jets are the ideal landing spot for Samuel.
Cimini added this layer to the potential move.
“Quite obviously, a trade of this magnitude wouldn’t be done “on the clock.” Parameters and contingencies would be established ahead of time. You would think same for a new contract,” Cimini tweeted.
A move like this can point to the 49ers cracking into the top 10 and taking one of the Jets’ first round selections. With that potential move, Drake London of USC — who has also been the subject of trade rumors involving the Dallas Cowboys per Heavy’s Jonathan Adams — could be the option for the ‘Niners.
Samuel’s contract has been much of the discussion in the trade talks involving the 2021 Pro Bowler. Samuel is up for an extension from his rookie deal and his wide receivers peers Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill and Stefon Diggs have already been rewarded with record-shattering deals — which in the process re-altered the wide receiver market.