Bryan DeArdo of CBS Sports listed five destinations for Samuel and the Saints, unsurprisingly, made the cut.
"The Saints have two top-20 picks in this year’s draft (No. 16 and No. 19) and are expected to use one of these picks on a wideout. New Orleans is hoping to add more weapons around quarterback Jameis Winston, who was off to a torrid start last season before an injury prematurely ended his second season with the Saints."
The Saints have the draft capital to land Samuel in a trade but once he’s acquired, they’d have to dish out a ton of money to keep him happy. Pro Football Focus projected that Samuel could earn a four-year deal worth $79 million, which is average a little over $19 million annually.
That’s a lot of dough, no doubt, but the Saints freed up some cap space this offseason and could figure something out when it came to landing Samuel. After all, Mickey Loomis is a cap wiz.
Deebo Samuel makes sense for NOLA Saints
The Saints are probably going to spend one of their two first-round selections on a wide receiver so making this trade would no longer make that a priority. They’d have one less pick in round one but they’d have an explosive weapon on their roster that could take their offense to the next level.
Adam Schefter noted that Samuel might want to be closer to home. He played his college ball at South Carolina and that’s also his home state so the Panthers could be a team he wants to land with but ultimately, it won’t be his decision. The 49ers will trade him to a team where they can get the most in return.
New Orleans could definitely use Samuel in their offense but the Niners might want to keep him away from a good team and also out of the conference.
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Still, the Saints make perfect sense for the Gamecock wide receiver.