Deebo Samuel became the latest NFL star to initiate a trade request by wiping his team from his social media last week, and it appears Deebo Samuel is not a fan of how he has played out.
The San Francisco 49ers wide receiver took to Twitter on Wednesday to criticize the media environment that has emerged from his trade request, specifically how people are discussing and speculating “a situation they know nothing about.”
At the risk of being another voice in “a situation they know nothing about,” we do know a few things for sure.
One, it was Deebo Samuel who fired the starter’s pistol in all this by wiping the Niners from his social media. With how many times that exact move has been used this offseason, the resulting media circus should not be a surprise.
Two, it was Deebo Samuel who personally confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington he is seeking a trade while declining to provide any specific reason why. Three, it was Deebo Samuel who proceeded to like tweets from Darlington and NFL Network’s unlike Ian Rapoport confirming the request, as well as a photoshop of him in a Dallas Cowboys uniform (which has since beend).
If Samuel actually wanted a bunch of people out of the loop to be speculating about his intentions and frustrations, it’s hard to think of a better way he could have done it.
This isn’t even the first odd tweet the player has posted in all this, as he seemingly shot down the report of a trade request the day he personally confirmed it. The tweet has since been deleted, but read:
Reporters jobs is to make stories. only people know the truth about the situation is 49ers, @ToryDandy and deebo Samuel
In the time since news of the request broke, we’ve heard, among other things, that Samuel has resented the wide receiver/running back hybrid role that pushed him to stardom, wants to live closer to his native South Carolina and is seeking the highest non-quarterback salary in the league.
Maybe that’s the kind stuff that has been frustrating Samuel, though the Niners haven’t exactly been racing to heed his request. Samuel broke out as one of the NFL’s most dynamic weapons last season with a career-high 1,405 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns, plus 365 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on the ground, earning him first-team All-Pro honors.