• An NFL GM believes the 49ers want two first-round picks for wide receiver Deebo Samuel, a report says
  • Samuel has made it clear he wants to leave the San Francisco-based franchise
  • Who blinks first between the organization and the player remains to be seen

The relationship between the San Francisco 49ers and disgruntled wide receiver Deebo Samuel continues to deteriorate following Samuel’s request for a trade out of the franchise.

However, his trade request might take a bit longer to be processed as their asking price for him could be steep enough to dissuade other teams from trying.

Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated recently spoke with an anonymous NFL general manager about the 49ers and Samuel’s situation and asked what it would take to pry him away.

“One rival GM said to me Sunday that he believes you’d probably have to go to John Lynch with two first-round picks, which would replace the 2022 and ’23 first-rounders the Niners dealt away last year to move up for Trey Lance, to wriggle Samuel free of San Francisco,” wrote Breer.

Samuel’s value as a top-tier wide receiver is mainly due to the fact that he can act as the primary receiver while serving as the play-action running back, something that he went on to dub as playing the “wide back” role.

He put up a combined 1,770 yards (1,405 via receptions and 365 on the ground) last season, leading up to his first Pro Bowl and First-Team All-Pro selection.

Wherever he goes, Samuel is going to be a massive presence on the offensive end.

The 49ers have at least been taking calls on Samuel, as was reported by NFL insider Ian Rapoport on "NFL Now."

However, Samuel being dealt this offseason is highly unlikely as the asking price of two first-round picks is going to be way too much for any team to stomach unless they fully believe in what he brings to the table.

Between the franchise and Samuel, someone has to give way soon for the greater good, but who blinks first remains a mystery leading up to the NFL draft on Thursday.

Should the 49ers receive an offer close to their demands, it would be smart of them to take it as Samuel is highly unlikely to even suit up for them this season.

But if they decide to drag it out, they could put themselves at risk of netting an even lesser return for him.

Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers
Deebo Samuel #19 of the San Francisco 49ers heads to the end zone on a 44-yard touchdown catch during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on January 30, 2022 in Inglewood, California. The Rams defeated the 49ers 20-17. Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images