Deebo Samuel has not officially rescinded his trade request with the San Francisco 49ers.
Even though Deebo Samuel did show up to San Francisco 49ers minicamp, he has not officially rescinded his well-documented trade request from the team.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler mentioned this very fact during his hit on SportsCenter Sunday morning. While he does not believe there is a ton of chatter surrounding a possible trade for the 49ers’ star wide receiver, it is still technically in play. While he put himself on the trading block in the lead-up to the 2022 NFL Draft, so much has changed across the league since the last weekend of April.
Though Samuel could be staying put in the Bay Area, here are three teams who could so use him.
Deebo Samuel trade rumors: 3 new teams for San Francisco 49ers wide receiver
Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs still do not have a true No. 1 at the wide receiver position
While the Kansas City Chiefs did address the wide receiver position this offseason in multiple ways, they still do not have a true No. 1 outside the numbers. Although Travis Kelce is a Mount Rushmore candidate for the tight end position all time, the most seasoned Chiefs receiver in Andy Reid’s offense is Mecole Hardman, a fourth-year pro who still has never had a 1,000-yard season.
Admittedly, Kansas City is somewhat of a dark horse to land Samuel for a handful of reasons. One, they traded Tyreek Hill over money. He was too expensive for what the Chiefs were willing to pay him. Two, Kansas City signed veterans JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling in their free agencies. And three, the Chiefs used a day-two pick on Skyy Moore out of Western Michigan.
Even if one could classify the Chiefs’ receiving room as deep, it does not have the same upward trajectory as it did when Hill was a part of it. For that reason, we have to consider the Chiefs a potential landing spot for Samuel should he be up for trade. While Kansas City should remain a perennial Super Bowl contender, at least the Chiefs play in the opposite conference of the 49ers.
Kansas City was a more likely landing spot for Samuel before the NFL Draft, but it could happen.