This would be a no-brainer move by the Saints if they did decide to pull the trigger. Not only did they have a chance to draft Samuel and could now right the ship on that mistake but the guy could come into their offense and turn it from “meh” to amazing.
Darlington noted that Samuel didn’t want to discuss the specifics of why he wanted to be traded but he’d like to leave the 49ers. The Saints need to throw their hat into the ring.
New Orleans Saints need to trade for Deebo Samuel
Samuel was a second-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and after a forgettable 2020 season, he exploded onto the scene again in 2021, tallying 1,770 scrimmage yards and 14 total touchdowns. The dude would be a game-changer for the Saints and could really take this offense to the next level.
New Orleans has both the financial ability and draft capital to make a potential deal happen, but would the 49ers trade such a powerful player within the conference? That’s probably the main thing holding the black and gold back from being a frontrunner for the former South Carolina product’s services.
They do have two first-round picks, however, and that could be something they dangle in front of the Niners. They probably wouldn’t surrender both, nor should they, but it is an option if they feel that Samuel is the player that can put them over the top.
The Saints put a lot of stock into Michael Thomas being healthy a year ago and it backfired on them, as he didn’t appear in a single game and that left them with very little at the position. Marquez Callaway ended up being their best receiver and while he wasn’t bad, he’s not a WR1.
Samuel gives the Saints a one-two punch at the position, as he and Thomas would be incredible options for the team at wide receiver. If New Orleans were to land Samuel, they could extend him and make sure that the receiver position isn’t looked at as a weakness for the next few years.
What do you think? Should the New Orleans Saints go all-in for Deebo Samuel?