49ers star Deebo Samuel Dec 10, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) walks towards the locker room during halftime at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers star wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk has been involved in trade rumors throughout much of the offseason. But recent reports suggest that it actually may be fellow 49ers wideout Deebo Samuel that’s the more likely of the two to be traded.

On Friday, Mike Giardi of the Boston Sports Journal reported that league sources indicate that Samuel may be more likely than Aiyuk to be traded, particularly because there’s some interest from AFC teams like the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots.

These rumors of course only grew after the 49ers selected Florida wide receiver Ricky Pearsall with the No. 31 overall pick on Thursday night.

Both the Patriots and the Bills ended up selecting wide receivers near the top of the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday night. So, at least regarding those two teams, the rumors may die down about a potential trade for Samuel.

But that doesn’t mean that Samuel isn’t well aware of the rumors circulating about his future in San Francisco. The Athletic’s Dianna Russini recently spoke with Samuel on Friday about both the trade rumors and the 49ers’ selection of Pearsall.

He reportedly told Russini that despite the rumors, he’s “good with staying” with the 49ers.

“I know what’s going on,” said Samuel. “But it is what it is. I’m good staying with them. I’m chilling.”

This is of course not the first time that Samuel has been involved in trade rumors during his time in San Francisco. He famously requested a trade ahead of the 2022-23 season before receiving a contract extension to stay with the 49ers.

At this point, it seems like the 49ers would need an extremely enticing offer to potentially move off of a player like Samuel considering all he’s meant to the organization over the years. But this situation is at least worth monitoring throughout the rest of the offseason.

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About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.