Vegas oddsmakers have good reasons for the connections they make before offering up the ability to wager on a certain situation, and that is certainly true when it comes to figuring out Deebo Samuel’s potential new home.
The San Francisco 49ers wide receiver has reportedly put out word that he wants to be traded away from the team—a bit of a surprise given how ideal of a fit he is in Kyle Shanahan’s offense—and immediately teams like the Kansas City Chiefs were brought up as potential destinations.
As of press time, the Chiefs and New York Jets are considered by oddsmakers to have the greatest overall chances to land Samuel in a deal.
The latest betting odds out from our partners at BetSided have the Jets and Chiefs as favorites to land Deebo Samuel in a trade.
For the Jets, the idea of a trade for Samuel makes perfect sense given that they were among the finalists for Tyreek Hill just a few weeks ago. The Chiefs ended up trading their superstar receiver to the Miami Dolphins for five draft choices, but the Jets had an impressive array of picks at the ready and could easily convert that package to fit something for the Niners to land Samuel’s talents. The addition of Samuel would certainly help ease Zach Wilson into his role even more.
As for the Chiefs, on paper the idea makes sense given their perceived need for some dynamic talent to replace Hill. However, the Chiefs let Hill walk for financial reasons and Samuel is going to make similar demands. That also doesn’t include the draft picks required to grab Samuel in the first place. The Chiefs also signed JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling and will likely draft a player or two who can supplement the loss in production.
Of course, the team with the best odds to have Samuel on their roster this fall remains the Niners given that he’s already on the team and that makes the most sense. The 49ers have a talent like Samuel on an inexpensive (right now) deal and could use this talents to chase the Rams in the NFC. Don’t forget that San Fran is also trying to ease in their own young quarterback in Trey Lance.
Only time will tell, but this next week will be crucial because any team trading for Samuel will likely do so by sending over draft picks before next week’s NFL Draft.