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On April 20th, San Francisco WR/RB Deebo Samuel requested a trade from the San Francisco 49ers.
Last season Deebo Samuel racked up 1,770 yards from scrimmage, 14 total touchdowns, on 136 total touches . He lead the 49ers offense to the NFC Championship game while earning his first AP All-Pro selection and Pro Bowl appearance.
Samuel was a major part of what Kyle Shanahan wanted to accomplish with the 49ers offense last season. But how would that translate to other teams around the NFL? Specifically the Dallas Cowboys.
I’m all for getting another playmaker on the Cowboys offense. This offseason the team has lost, Pro Bowler Amari Cooper, fourth wide receiver Cedrick Wilson and back up Malik Turner. Two of their top four receivers won’t be back in 2022, placing wide receiver as a need.
I wouldn’t trade for Deebo Samuel if I were the Cowboys, and there are a couple of reasons why.
1.) He has had one really productive season so far.
As special as 2021 was for Deebo Samuel it’s hard to look at that year alone and think he can duplicate the production. 2019 was semi-productive where he had just under 1,000 yards from scrimmage.
If you look at the Davante Adams deal, Tyreek Hills deal, and Stefon Diggs, those players have much better production over a more consistent timeline. Not to say that Deebo can’t have two or three more years of production, the Cowboys shouldn’t risk the money and draft capital to find out.
2.) He missed most of 2020 with an injury.
Samuel appeared in just seven games in 2020 for the Niners, scoring one touchdown on the year.
He does have a pretty lengthy injury history according to DraftSharks.com. He had multiple instances in 2021 of injuries that lead to missed practices, one missed game and doubts around his availability for other games.
3.) It appears Deebo doesn’t have interest in playing running back anymore.
Reports are that Deebo was not happy with his usage last season where he saw snaps at the wide receiver and running back position. If he doesn’t want to play running back, his value drops significantly. Having the flexibility to be above average at both positions made him unique across the league. Before his rushing abilities popped in 2021, many would have considered Deebo a high end number 2 receiver.
Overall I love Deebo as a player. I’m just not sure this is the route I would want to see the Cowboys go. Let me know what you think! Direct message me on Instagram (@DcWeDemBoyz) or tweet at me (@DoubleMoveFootball)
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