San Francisco 49ers' star wide receiver Deebo Samuel asked to be traded away. He did not give specific reasons for wanting to leave the Bay area, but it appears his time with San Francisco has come to an end. Could the Chicago Bears be a possible fit for Samuel alongside Darnell Mooney? Maybe, but it would take entirely too much capital to bring a player of his caliber to Chicago.
Deebo Samuel's Terrific 2021 Season
The 49ers drafted Samuel 36th overall in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. In the 38 games he played with San Francisco, he didn't really explode until 2021, when the NFL selected him to the Pro Bowl. Deebo Samuel caught 77 of his 121 targets for over 1,400 yards and six touchdowns.
But where this gets really interesting, is in his versatility. Samuel rushed 59 times for 365 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. He was undoubtedly the 49ers' greatest weapon on offense in 2021.
When compared to the rest of the league, Samuel ranks in the top 35 among positional players in receiving touchdowns but in the top 15 in rushing touchdowns. Jarvis Landry and Braxton Berrios are the only other wide receivers to score more than one outlying rushing touchdown.
Samuel's Value: Can The Chicago Bears Afford Him?
This versatility means that Deebo Samuel will be expensive. He's shown his skill and the 49ers used him properly to get the most possible production out of him. Could the Chicago Bears use a guy like that? Absolutely. But can they afford it? Absolutely not.
What is it going to take for San Francisco GM John Lynch to accept a trade? A first-round draft pick and a third-rounder could be the minimum it would take to even warrant a phone call.
Bears GM Ryan Poles has stated multiple times in his short tenure that his vision includes evaluating what he already has and building the Bears up in his own way. If Chicago chased after Samuel, it would be interesting, but it would completely contradict what Poles wants for the organization.
The Bears shouldn't offer up what they really don't have for a wide receiver at this point. If Deebo Samuel is still available after the NFL Draft next week, which is highly unlikely, then the Bears should be ringing Lynch's phone nonstop.
Who knows, the Chicago Bears might just land a Samuel of their own come draft night. How sweet would it be to secure talent like that without creating a new hole in the roster?