San Francisco 49ers receiver Deebo Samuel is coming to Dallas.
Possibly for a future basketball game, as Samuel was seen on social media at the Dallas Mavericks playoff game this past weekend. He posed for photos with Dak Prescott and Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry.
Samuel hasn’t clarified the exact reason why, but he’s made it known he no longer wants to be a San Francisco 49er.
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So is there any possibility Samuel could return to Dallas as a football player rather than just a casual basketball observer? Let’s break down this possibility.
Why Deebo Wants Out Of The Bay Area
Samuel is on the tail end of his rookie contract with the 49ers. After this season, he’ll be an unrestricted free agent. In most cases, disgruntled players are looking for new contracts.
But the way San Francisco uses Samuel is the real reason he wants out, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport.
The former South Carolina Gamecock is a dual-threat player in the 49ers offense. Not only did he rack up 1,405 receiving yards, but he also rushed for 305 yards. His position flexibility earned him a spot in the NFL record books as only the third player in league history to tally 1,000+ receiving yards, five or more receiving touchdowns and five or more rushing touchdowns.
Dallas fans can attest to Samuel’s unique ability to rush and receive at a high level. Deebo actually produced more on the ground in the 49ers wild card victory over the Cowboys last season. He rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown and had 38 receiving yards.
While Samuel hasn’t explicitly said why he wants out of the Golden State, it makes sense that he’s concerned about his long-term health with the uptick in rushing attempts he saw at season’s end and in the playoffs last year.
Samuel’s latest revolt against San Francisco has been missing OTAs to do things like fly to Dallas for playoff basketball. But 49ers general manager John Lynch is on record as saying the team wont trade the stud wideout and he’s confident both sides will come to an agreement.
How Deebo Would Slot into Dallas’ Offense
Maybe Samuel isn’t a Cowboy before the 2022 season, but who knows? Maybe we’ll see a star on his helmet heading into the 2023 season.
There are some question marks regarding the Cowboys WR depth heading into this year. If nobody can step up behind CeeDee Lamb, maybe Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones makes a splash in free agency by adding Deebo to the roster.
Even with Samuel spending lots of time in the backfield he ranked fifth in receiving yards in the NFL last season, proving he doesn’t need to utilize his dual-threat abilities to be impactful.
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