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Star receiver Deebo Samuel requests trade from 49ers, per report

Star receiver Deebo Samuel requests trade from 49ers, per report

Deebo Samuel is requesting a trade from the 49ers, he told an ESPN reporter Wednesday.

Samuel, after ascending to All-Pro status last season in his third year with the 49ers, did not give an exact reason for his desire to leave the franchise, ESPN’s Jeff Darlington reported.

The 49ers’ brass, from CEO Jed York to coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch, have insisted this offseason their intent to sign Samuel to a well-earned contract extension, for which he and other 2019 draft products became eligible for this offseason, including defensive end Nick Bosa.

Samuel’s agent, Tory Dandy of CAA Football, did not immediately return a message seeking comment, nor did the 49ers promptly reply publicly to Samuel’s request.

Samuel, last season’s offensive catalyst to the NFC Championship Game, recently dropped hints of his displeasure with contract talks. He scrubbed all connections to the 49ers on social media, where he claimed last Friday that he’s been subjected to death threats and racial taunts.

Samuel also endorsed an Instagram comment that he should not settle for less than $25 million annually, and his brother relayed the trade request in a comment on a fan’s Facebook post.

Samuel was not present Tuesday at the start of the 49ers’ offseason program, which is voluntary. He was not the only player to bypass the voluntary session, and among those absent was quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who is rehabilitating his surgically repaired shoulder elsewhere with the team’s consent.

Samuel, last season, became the 49ers’ first wide receiver to garner Associated Press All-Pro honors since Terrell Owens in 2000-02. Owens’ 49ers tenure ended with him getting dealt in 2004 to the Philadelphia Eagles.

A second-round draft pick out of South Carolina, Samuel emerged into a dynamic and productive asset last season. He led the NFL with 18.2 yards per catch while totaling 77 receptions for 1,405 yards and six touchdowns. It was his rushing ability (59 carries, 365 yards) that also sparked the 49ers’ midseason turnaround, as his eight touchdown runs were the most in a season by a NFL wide receiver. He scored a touchdown both rushing and receiving in the 49ers’ three playoff games, and he was deployed as a kick returner to help spark their divisional playoff win at Green Bay.

Source: Culled From Paradise Post.

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