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49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo speaks on Deebo Samuel’s behalf, updates shoulder recovery

49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo speaks on Deebo Samuel’s behalf, updates shoulder recovery

Jimmy Garoppolo, with his trade prospects stalled by shoulder surgery, emerged Thursday to speak up about teammate Deebo Samuel’s suddenly dramatic plight.

A day after Samuel went public with a trade request, Garoppolo gave a glowing recommendation about his still-teammate on the 49ers.

“I don’t know the exact, what’s going on behind the scenes what the reasons are for everything,” Garoppolo said on Sirius XM NFL Radio. “But what they’d be getting in Deebo is one of the best players I’ve ever played with, one of the best football players, one of the best guys I’ve ever played with.

“I’ve been with Deebo since he was a rookie, so I’ve seen how he’s evolved and grow. The way he sets the tone though for us — in practice, in the game, in the meeting room, whatever it is — the dude, he puts his heart into it.”

Samuel, in his third season, earned All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors as a receiving and rushing threat for the 49ers, who reached the NFC Championship Game largely behind him as a catalyst — and with Garoppolo starting at quarterback in what many expect was his final act with the team.

“You have to appreciate a guy like that, a teammate willing to put it all on the line for you,” Garoppolo said. “However this thing works out for him, he deserves his money. He’s going to get it one way or another.

“I just wish the best for him. He’s all-time and I just really appreciate him, just as a friend.”

THE TRADE MARKET

Could Garoppolo and Samuel be packaged in a deal? Which will get traded first? Will the 49ers keep both or one of them?

A lot of questions, for sure, and next week’s draft could lead to answers, or else the next check-in date is late July as training camp begins.

NFL general managers are surely checking in with the 49ers on the prospects of a trade for Samuel, and New York Jets’ Joe Douglas was asked about that Thursday.

“Can’t get into specifics when it comes a player that’s not on our roster. If the right opportunity presents itself, we are going to be aggressive,” Douglas told reporters, according to Newsday’s Bob Glauber.

Both Samuel and Garoppolo are under contract with the 49ers for one more season. Neither is expected to stick under their current terms, however.

Samuel is eligible for the first time for a contract extension, and the market rate for wide receivers ballooned this spring with deals for Tyreek Hill (Miami Dolphins), Davonte Adams (Las Vegas Raiders), Stefon Diggs (Buffalo Bills) and Christian Kirk (Jacksonville Jaguars).

Samuel confirmed to an ESPN reporter Wednesday that he is seeking a trade, and the NFL Network confirmed that while…

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