While Deebo Samuel reported to minicamp for the San Francisco 49ers earlier this month, the status of his trade request still has not changed, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
“I’m told status quo is really when he reported to minicamp; that’s the last piece of news that we have here,” Fowler said on SportsCenter. “Nothing else significant has happened behind the scenes between Samuel and the 49ers.”
The 26-year-old receiver is coming off a year in which he posted career highs in receiving and rushing yards last season — being used as a dual-threat weapon to solidify him as one the best offensive players in the league.
But Samuel has seemingly grown disgruntled with the 49ers, requesting a trade after not being able to agree on a contract extension heading into the final year of his rookie contract.
Despite the rocky relationship over the past few months, Fowler noted that the Niners are “hopeful they can mend this relationship [and] come to a long-term agreement at some point.”
“Could be closer to training camp or around then, but they’ll chip away at this,” Fowler said. “And really, the trade market has sizzled; around draft time was really the best time do that. Now, there really hasn’t been a lot of buzz or action.”
The Niners have remained steadfast in their refusal to trade Samuel.
The 26-year-old reportedly does not want to be used as a running back and would preferably be utilized as a true receiver.
He certainly wants to be paid like one, seeing elite receivers Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill and A.J. Brown all cash in on lucrative new deals this offseason.