The biggest news of yesterday wasn’t signing a free agent or a trade deal, but it was almost as important.
Deebo Samuel has deleted nearly all mentions of the 49ers from his Instagram account and unfollowed the team.
Here’s what NFL Media’s Peter Schrager had to say on the Pat McAfee Show yesterday:
While Some In the press organizations for forty-four years, they hurriedly did Refusal Fans worry, that’s definitely important. Like it or not, social media has become an important and legitimate tool for player empowerment. Remember when Kyler Murray wiped his accounts for Cardinals references? Shortly thereafter, his agent was released The longest statement known to man About wanting a new decade. Obviously, Debo wants the 49ers, and the rest of the world, to know he’s not happy with what’s happening now.
Think about what Depo needed to do that. It’s not like there’s a single button he can press that will magically delete only posts with 49ers content. Had to scroll all the way and remove each image individually.
In the end, he deleted more than 80 posts. Incidentally, the only post he ever left himself in the 49ers uniform, was celebrating his inclusion on the AP All-Pro team. Think who – which Was it a coincidence when he was negotiating a new contract?
He will only do that if he is particularly upset with his current employer if you don’t think this is important, I don’t know what to tell you.
Some people say he’s just doing it to watch fans and the media overreact, but I don’t believe it.
I always follow Occam’s code with all these things – the simplest explanation is usually the correct one. So ask yourself, what’s more likely: Did Deebo Samuel take the time to delete more than 80 posts from his Instagram account just so he could laugh at people who were freaked out after signing his deal or a group of players in his position got a bag this off season? He thinks he’s worth more than the 49ers?
Plus, now that the Bat-Signal of Deebo is shining in the sky, the 49ers are likely to get quite a few calls about its availability. Will they close those conversations immediately? Maybe, but maybe not. It might not be the worst thing in the world for the team to get a commercial offer that they find acceptable in their back pocket while these conversations are going on.
I don’t think it’s likely that Samuel will end up being affected, but as a wise man once said, “Everyone has a price.” The Chiefs probably didn’t think they would trade Tyreek Hill either. that happens.
Another important thing to note is that this doesn’t mean Deebo won’t eventually sign a long-term extension with the team. All that means is that at the moment he is not happy with the current state of negotiations. That can always change. Social media posts, and the accounts themselves, are a snapshot in time. They change and develop depending on what is happening in a person’s life. That’s kind of the point.
Despite what John Lynch has to say on the matter, contract negotiations are almost never easy – even when it’s “budget”. We brought up how these conversations could go sideways earlier last month on the Gold Standard podcast (watch it here). Hopefully, cooler heads prevail and a deal is struck before next season.
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