Samuel, Lynch, Cross, Mack, Rams
49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel helped push the narrative that his relationship with San Francisco was souring in early April when he stopped following the 49ers and deleted all references to the team from his social media. Well, according to NBC Sports’ Michael David Smith, Samuel signaled that things could move in a better direction lately.
Smith points out that Samuel followed the 49ers on Instagram and liked a post showing the general manager John Lynch saying that the problems between the two parties can be resolved.
Samuel is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is looking for a new payday. Smith argues that new offers to Davante Adams, Tyreek Hilland Stefan Diggs are going to make a new contract for Samuel quite expensive for the 49ers.
Here are some other rumors surrounding the NFC West, starting with another note from the Bay Area:
- Jake Hutchinson, 49ers drummer for KNBR, posted some quotes from an interview with Lynch. Lynch commented on the progress of the team’s efforts to trade the quarterback Jimmy Garoppolosaying, “I felt we were close in some discussions and then the decision was made to have surgery and that brought things to a screeching halt.” Lynch continued, “We either want Jimmy to play for us, which is fine with us, or we want him to get the value.”
- At a press conference with the Seahawks general manager and executive vice president Jean-Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll after the draft, ESPN’s Brady Henderson posted a video with some of their thoughts on the No. 9 overall pick, the Mississippi State tackle Charles Cross. In it, the two make it clear that they see Cross on the blind side, playing left tackle. They don’t worry about his transition from mike leachCross’s offense in Mississippi State spread due to Cross’ athleticism. They also felt very lucky to have had Cross at age 9, noting that there were opportunities to go up or down.
- Matt Barrows of The Athletic wrote an article about the 49ers 2022 draft results. He notes that the two additions from Day 3 of the UTSA tackle Spencer Burford and Fordham tackle Nick Zakelj both played tackle in college, but projected as NFL guards, like previous draft picks Colton McKivitz and Jaylon Moore. While slightly problematic that none of these linemen specialize in guarding or tackling, it’s hugely problematic that none of them have center experience. With the current center Alex Mac sitting at 36 and considering retirement, it’s important that San Francisco start considering options beyond Mack to play at center.
- In a preview of the Rams’ 2022 draftThe Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue uncovered an interesting rumor about the value Los Angeles places on their third-round draft pick, the Wisconsin guard. Logan Bruss. With plenty of time before their selection arrived, the Rams knew Bruss was the player they wanted to target at No. 104 overall. At the suggestion of the now-retired left tackle Andrew Whitworth, who was in the Rams’ draft room, Los Angeles made some effort to move on to Bruss’ draft earlier. Unfortunately for them, the teams they called declined. Luckily for them, however, Bruss found his way to Southern California despite their inability to progress.