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Steelers Named One of Three Teams Who Should Trade for Top SF WR

The Draft Network believes the Pittsburgh Steelers should move draft capital to go land San Francisco’s Deebo Samuel this offseason.



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INGLEWOOD, CA - JANUARY 09: San Francisco 49ers Wide Receiver Deebo Samuel (19) celebrates after a catch during the NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams on January 9, 2022, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)

The Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly kicked the tires on San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel, but they couldn’t meet in the middle with San Fran on a trade. However, with all the rumors swirling around a Steelers trade, it can not be thrown to the curb so easily.

“For what it’s worth, I’m told the Steelers had interest in trading for Deebo Samuel but were unwilling to meet the 49ers’ price…,” Micheal Silver of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote on X.

Silver added in another post that a Samuel trade to any team is still possible, but not likely to happen tonight or tomorrow. It is not clear what kind of a trade package the 49ers were looking for. However, Dan Orlovksy believes that the Steelers should really acquire Samuel despite the reported high cost.

And Justin Melo of the Draft Network named three teams that would be an attractive landing spot for Samuel, citing the Steelers, Chargers, and Cardinals. Out of those teams, it is known that Pittsburgh has already called about Samuel.

“Depending on how the Steelers view Wilson’s capability to play outside, Van Jefferson is slated to be a starter in 11 or 12 personnel. Jefferson played for new offensive coordinator Arthur Smith in Atlanta last season, averaging just 39% of offensive snaps in his final four appearances. Smith possesses one of the most creative minds in the league and would likely appreciate an opportunity to replace Jefferson with Samuel, who would align all over his offensive formations,” Melo wrote.

Dianna Russini of The Athletic said she spoke to Samuel on the phone and asked his reaction to the 49ers’ drafting of his potential replacement, and to the reports that they explored trading him. “I know what’s going on,” he said, “but it is what it is. I’m good staying with them. I’m chilling.”

The 49ers selected Florida wide receiver Ricky Pearsall at 31st overall, causing even more smoke to be thrown about on the Samuel trade front.

Aiyuk and Samuel have been linked to the Steelers since March, however. And John Lynch, joining the Pat McAfee Show, shut down the trade rumors once and for all.

“I’m doing everything in my power to keep our roster together,” Lynch said. “That’s my goal, and I don’t question that. When you talk about guys like Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo, those are guys that we drafted, and we take a lot of pride in what they’ve become and who they’ve become. We couldn’t be more proud of those guys. And so, during the course of drafts and offseasons, do conversations happen? Absolutely, they do. We’re past that now. We’re thrilled to add to that group.”

Russini reported on Thursday that the 49ers were having discussions with teams to trade Brandon Aiyuk or Samuel to move up in the 2024 NFL Draft. That is the first known time that the 49ers were shopping both players. Aiyuk has been linked to the Steelers since March, however.

The 49ers have been asking for a first round pick in exchange for Aiyuk, who wants a new contract in the range of $25 million per year. General manager John Lynch has been steadfast in saying that he does not want to trade the star receiver.

The Steelers have expressed interest in trading for Aiyuk, Steelers Now has confirmed, but their initial efforts were rebuffed, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

“My understanding is that the Steelers placed a phone call a few weeks ago. And were told by the 49ers we’re not trading the guy,” Florio said in an appearance on 93.7 the Fan on Wednesday.

According to offshore sportsbook, the Steelers are the favorites to land Aiyuk should he leave San Francisco. Aiyuk is heading into the last year of his rookie contract, and will play on the fifth-year option. But the 49ers have a cap crunch, and with Aiyuk needing an extension, that could be significant.