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49ers’ Deebo Samuel Disputes Rumors He Wasn’t Happy with ‘Wide Back’ Role

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San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel, who just inked a three-year extension worth up to $73.5 million, denied reports that his previous trade request was due to displeasure over the team using him as both a wideout and running back (wide back).

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“That’s false,” Samuel told reporters Tuesday.

“There’s a lot of things that came out that I want to speak on, but at the end of the day, I wasn’t allowed to. I mean, you can turn on the tape, go back to the Cowboys game. It kind of shows what kind of player I am. And also, I mean, you can go turn on the Pro Bowl tape and like, what I said about being a wide back, I don’t mind doing whatever it takes for this team to win.”

Last April, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Samuel was not “comfortable … with the way he is being used.”

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network also reported on the Rich Eisen Show that Samuel was unhappy with his role.

“It sounds like there’s multiple layers to this. … But certainly one of them is Deebo Samuel wants to be a receiver and not a receiver/running back. His rushing attempts were significantly up last season from where they’ve been in the past. We all know that he’s a really, really physical player, but there probably are some concerns here about longevity. The counterpoint to that, of course, is that part of the reason that Deebo Samuel is so valuable is because he’s versatile. … But in the big picture, it sounds like the role is part of the reason that Deebo wants to play someplace else, where he may just be able to be a true wide receiver and potentially tack on some years to his career.”

Samuel had previously denied a rumor from ESPN’s Adam Schefter that he wanted to be closer to South Carolina, where he was born, raised and went to college (USC).

This article will be updated soon to provide more information and analysis.

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