February 3, 2023

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Deebo Samuel Lions trade show revealed: Did Detroit do better with Jameson Williams?

Deebo Samuel Lions trade show revealed: Did Detroit do better with Jameson Williams?

The Detroit Lions He seemed determined to land WR1 for the future this season and they were willing to make a big deal for it to pay off.

Head to 2022 NFL Draftit was revealed that San Francisco 49ers Wide receiver Depo Samuel was at odds. With Samuel in the final year of his rookie contract and asking for a deal, the 49ers decided to explore what kind of return he would make in the trade market.

When the draft arrived, it was reported that two teams were in the conversation to try to acquire Samuel, Lions, and New York Jets, with each proposal proposing a bid for the 49ers. In the end, it appears that the 49ers turned down both offers and chose to try to mend ties with Samuel.

With a current in the rearview mirror, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport joins Rich Eisen Show On his podcast on Monday, I sensed that because the trade wasn’t happening, he could report the parameters of the trade offers. While he did not mention all the selected check numbers, we can make an assumption based on the other information he provided.

According to Rapoport, the reported offers were:

  • Offered the first planes (No. 10) and pick No. 111 (at the top of the fourth round).
  • Lions offered a first (#32) and a third (#66 was supposed to pick)

When the 49ers rejected the Lions’ trade offer, lions remained aggressive I made a deal with Minnesota Vikings:

  • Lions received picks #13 (a wide reception at Alabama Jameson Williams) and 46
  • The Vikings received picks #32, 34 and 66
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Lions ended up offering more to advance in the draft to pick Williams – the difference being 12 draft slots, dropping from the 34th pick to the 46th pick – but did they get a better deal?

Pros and cons of each trade

Top 3 Pros of Acquiring Samuel:

  • Samuel is an instant starter and still getting better
  • It was All-Pro and Pro Bowler in 2021
  • At just 26 years old, he could be a key piece to building a franchise around it

The main 3 negatives:

  • He is in the last year of his contract, Based on the trends of broad receiver contractslikely to order a new contract in 2023 averaging $20 to $25 million per year (Spotrac Market Value Calculator A four-year deal is estimated to average $24.4 million).
  • Samuel has a long history of injury Because of his playing style. He only missed one game in 2021 but battled five different injuries during the season. In 2020, he missed a total of nine matches due to three separate injuries, each of which had three matches. He also missed one match as a rookie in 2019.
  • The 49ers declined the Lions’ offer, which means that the cost in fact would have been more than the first and third round selections reported.

The top 3 pros of acquiring Williams:

  • Arguably Williams was the highest-grossing wide receiver in this draft cycle and he is It reportedly landed at number one on the Lions Billboard.
  • Williams has just turned 21 and is one of the people the Lions plan to mark.
  • As a first-round pick, the Lions will have control of the Williams contract for at least four seasons at a novice price point (all four seasons) sum equals $19.9 million), with the team option to keep it for a fifth year.
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The main 3 negatives:

  • Williams is currently recovering from an ACL injury and while on the move He thinks he “should” be ready for bootcampThere are no guarantees he’ll be ready, and he could easily end up on the PUP list to start the season.
  • In spite of Winning trade with VikingsHowever, the Lions would still have to give up more capital to acquire Williams than they were willing to give to Samuel.
  • Williams was only a rookie for a year in college, and as with any rookie, there is an inherent risk that they will fail to reach their potential in the NFL.

Eric’s thoughts

Personally, I embrace the aggressiveness of General Manager Brad Holmes and am willing to do a deal to make a difference. As much as the deal is better, I think the deal they struck with Williams will also prove to be the most beneficial both in the field and at a salary cap.

Yes, Williams is a rookie currently dealing with an injury, but the Lions are still on the rebuilding site so they can wait for him to fully recover. And when he’s field-ready, the skills he demonstrated in college — in Alabama no less — translate to the NFL, and most signs point to him reaching his potential.

The salary cap is where lions will see the most benefit. To be able to keep Williams for a quarter of the cost it would take to keep Samuel, the Lions could spend that money elsewhere. For example, with Williams costing just $3.6 million this season and his contract increased by just $900,000 for each of the next three seasons, Lions could invest in a receiver like DJ Shark (Spotrac estimated its market value That’s $11.9 million off next season) and you still have money left to spend on other players.

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The idea of ​​having Williams and Chark and about $4-8 million in additional money available makes this an easy option for me.

So what do you think, did lions strike a better deal?


Which Lions trade show would have brought them the best deal?

  • 4%

    Get Depo Samuel

    (39 votes)

  • 95%

    Get Jameson Williams

    (841 votes)

880 votes total

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