Atlanta Falcons should continue to chase Deebo Samuel
By Nick Halden
Despite having Kyle Pitts and Drake London on the roster the Atlanta Falcons could still use an established weapon to continue their rebuild around. One possibility that emerged this off-season is San Francisco utility man Deebo Samuel. Samuel would perfectly fit Arthur Smith’s offense and Atlanta certainly has the future cap space to lock up Samuel long-term.
Rumors surrounding Deebo have seemingly died down and it seems increasingly likely Samuel will return to San Francisco. However, Atlanta should continue to monitor the trade market and make an offer if the receiver if he is unable to agree to a new contract.
Deebo seems to find a way to always make THE play San Francisco needs. He has been used similarly to Cordarrelle Patterson taking handoffs out of the backfield or lining up at receiver. His speed and ability to make would-be tacklers miss is elite and has established him as one of the best in the league.
Samuel had 1,405-receiving yards and 365-rushing yards with a combined 14-touchdowns speaking to the huge impact he has on the offense. If he does hit the market he is likely to be traded a package similar to what the Chiefs receiver for Tyreek Hill.
Spending draft picks would be painful for the Falcons but if given the chance to acquire Deebo they shouldn’t hesitate. The only potential caveat is if they truly don’t believe Desmond Ridder is the long-term answer. Trading next year’s first-round pick in a potential package for Deebo could be problematic in that case.
Deebo is entering the final year of his rookie contract and deserves to be paid as one of the top receivers in the league. San Francisco will have the future cap space the question is whether or not they are willing to give Deebo the extension this off-season? With a potential franchise tag this gives San Francisco three years left of team control.
Though a trade seems increasingly unlikely Deebo remains a great fit in Atlanta and a player the Falcons should be willing to spend for if he does hit the trade market this off-season.