SANTA CLARA CA —John Lynch, the general manager, did not rush to answer any questions regarding receivers Monday, his pre-draft media accessibility
Lynch spent approximately five and a quarter minutes thanking his staff for their hard work on the NFL draft. He also discussed the draft. Samuel was briefly mentioned, but Lynch did not intend on divulging any details.
Lynch finally received a lot of inquiries. Although Lynch didn't give any details about Samuel's request for a trade, negotiations, or how they got to this point, he made clear that the Niners don’t want to trade their star receiver/runningback.
Lynch stated, “I cannot imagine ever wanting to move on Deebo.” “You go through the exercises and, even though we don’t have a first round pick, you must be thorough in this process. You have to prepare for everything. You go through it and you do that. He is just too great a player. We love him so much and appreciate his contributions. But you can't let guys like this walk. “I can't imagine a scenario in which we would trade him.
Samuel said last week to ESPN's Jeff Darlington he had requested a deal. However, subsequent reports have noted that Samuel has not agreed to a contract extension with the Niners. Samuel is about to enter the final year on his rookie contract. The deal has a cap amount of $5 million 2022.
Lynch acknowledged that Samuel requested a trade, but declined to comment further. Lynch also noted that it was “not productive” for them to discuss details of contract negotiations. Lynch said that Samuel has been in contact with the team over the past weeks and that this has not changed their approach to the NFL Draft.
Lynch indicated that the 49ers do not currently have a pick for the first round, and that Thursday night is likely to be “a little boring”.
But that doesn't mean that speculation about a Samuel trade will stop in the lead up to the first round. Lynch was slightly open to being asked whether a significant offer would change the Niners' minds about dealing Samuel.
Lynch stated, “We've been consistent ever since we've been around that we'd listen to just about anybody.” That's something that we will always do. Deebo is a great player and I wouldn't mind moving on. We are so grateful for his contributions. He is a huge asset to our franchise.
Samuel just finished a unique, dynamic season that saw him post 77 receptions for 1,405 yard and six touchdowns. He also rushed for 365 yards and eight touchdowns. Samuel coined the term wide back for his ability shift between traditional running back and receiver.
Samuel may not be happy about the extra toll it causes on his body, according to some reports. Samuel expressed no concerns throughout the season or afterwards and it seemed that the sides were heading towards a long-term agreement in the offseason, before Samuel made his trade request.
Samuel has expressed an interest in moving to San Francisco.
Lynch stated that “But that is life.” “You need to persevere through the difficulties and that is what we are going to do.”
Samuel did not participate in the 49ers offseason workout program. Samuel's current situation is not a subject of much discussion, according to players.
“Deebo’s business is his business,” tacklesaid. “It's not something players talk about except for congratulating each other after contract negotiations have taken place. It's no secret that Deebo is a huge part of our football team. He is one of our most important players, if not our greatest player. He deserves all that comes his way. But it's up to the guys and them to decide.
LinebackerSamuel was in a similar position to Jeremy last year. Eventually, he became the highest-paid off-ball linebacker in league and league history, just before training camp began in July. Warner stated that it took patience, but eventually it worked out.
Warner said, “We all care deeply about Deebo.” We all know that it's part of the process that the player must go through. He's a mature man and people who have been through it can help him. He has to go through it and we all have to respect that. This is the business side of the game. That's what his current process looks like.
Defensive end is another player who goes through this process.The contract extension is also available to Bosa, who is eligible for the first-time. The Niners exercised their fifth-year option for Bosa on Monday. He is not participating in the voluntary early portion of the offseason program, but it was not contractually required.
Lynch reiterated that Bosa's acquisition is a priority, and would be made “at the appropriate moment” like Samuel.
In other places, the quarterbackHe continues to recover from right shoulder surgery.
Lynch stated, “We've been in communication with his representation and in contact with them.” “I believe the progress is good. He's tracking right where we said, throwing towards the end June, and then increasing it from there. That's where the progress is at.”
The team's 36 year-old center, who just completed his 13th NFL season, isn't yet certain if he will retire or return to the team. Lynch indicated that Mack would announce his decision once he has made it.
Lynch stated that they had been in talks with Alex and were communicating with each other. “I would tell Alex that I won't speak for him on that. Alex will probably comment at the right time.”
With three picks on Day 2, the 49ers have nine picks for the NFL draft. Mack's decision does not affect the possibility of Mack making a choice at center, but this could be a sign of where Mack's future plans are.