On Wednesday, the San Francisco 49ers news world was turned upside down when ESPN’s Jeff Darlington reported that wide receiver Deebo Samuel had asked for a trade. NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport later reported that the do-it-all 49ers were frustrated with his role in 2021, which played a part in his desire to get out. San Francisco asked him to catch passes and line up with the running back, which impacts the body.

According to Connor Hughes, who covers the New York Jets for The Athletic, the 49ers don’t want to oblige their disgruntled star player. The team has leverage, after all. Samuel remains under contract for one more year and San Francisco can use the franchise tag in 2023.

“He’s not coming out,” a source told Hughes, who said the 49ers had “no intention” of trading Samuel.

It’s unclear if this quote is from inside the 49ers organization or if it’s the perception around the league. The team could consider trading Samuel but would probably be blown away by an offer. The most likely possibility is that the quote came from inside the Jets organization. This fits well with this report by Josina Anderson.

It makes sense that the initial report came from a Jets reporter. Many were quick to mention Team New York as a potential trade destination for Samuel, should the 49ers opt for a divorce. There are many former 49ers coaches on the Jets staff.

What if Samuel’s camp decides to play hardball, skipping mandatory training camp? According to Spotrac, that would mean the loss of an accumulated season, making Samuel a restricted free agent in the upcoming offseason rather than an unrestricted free agent, further boosting the leverage of the 49ers.

San Francisco also has its first and only mandatory minicamp from June 13 to June 15. If Samuel is still on the team and not present for it, it would signal that he is sticking to his position. This is the last time the team will meet until training camp at the end of July. The 49ers kicked off their offseason program on Tuesday. Of course, Samuel didn’t show up.