It has become common practice by this time. One player is renewed. Their team refused to give them the said extension. Players openly expressed their disappointment on social networks. Fans of the aforementioned team went crazy and started making extravagant theories and accusations. The two sides come to an agreement and then everyone pretends to be happy while we forget whatever ever happened.
It happens time and time again in the NFL and very rarely anything happens to it. It has happened many times this season alone. Arizona Cardinals wingback Kyler Murray want a big extension in February. He removed all references to the Arizona Cardinals from his Instagram. Fans went crazy! There are people out there who think Murray is going to give up football and get back into baseball just based on him legally deleting those photos. What happened? No. Murray didn’t even sign the extension. Nothing changes. Lo and hey, a month and a half down the line, it’s as if nothing happened. Of course, Murray and the Cards will continue to negotiate an extension throughout the season, but after all the mess around Murray following his Instagram debacle, you’d think his career in Arizona was ended.
The same thing happened a month ago with the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts. During the height of commercial speculation surrounding the former Oklahoma and Alabama defender, Hurts removed ‘Eagles QB’ from his Twitter profile. That’s all he did! Some fans immediately interpreted that as confirmation that the Hurts were about to be traded. Rumors began swirling around which deal the Eagles would land on and whether this would put them ahead of the Cowboys in NFC East. Yes, I just checked Eagles Squad. Wouldn’t you know it? Hurts is still listed as the team’s starting midfielder. I also checked his Twitter account and sure enough, the words ‘Eagles’ and ‘QB’ are not found in his bio. But that’s not possible, right? Sure, removing the Eagles from his bio means he’s leaving Philadelphia for good. OR…and just hear me out…it doesn’t make any sense and we’re looking for the slightest hint of the next big NFL move.
It is not only for this reason that these kinds of insignificant changes to social media accounts have led to widespread speculation. In 2020, the extensive collection of the Chicago Bears Allen Robinson removed all references to the Bears from his social networks. He stayed with the team for two years after the fact.
Players do not always stay with the team. At the end of February this year, the former Seahawks defender Russell Wilson removed “Seahawks” from his Twitter bio. Less than two weeks later, he was transferred to Denver. In 2018, Pro Bowl will be back in action Jordan Howard caused a serious stir when he removed several Bears-related photos from his Instagram. He was eventually traded to the Eagles, but not before he played the entire 2018-19 season with Chicago.
49ers’ wide receiver/utility man Deebo Samuel is the latest NFL star to make their displeasure in contract talks public via social network.
Earlier today, Samuel deleted more than 80 posts from his Instagram. Most of the deleted pictures are of him in 49ers memorabilia. Samuel has also removed his profile picture from the website, which previously featured Samuel wearing a 49ers jersey. With Samuel’s incredible 2021 breakout campaign and utility in the 49ers’ offense, thousands of 49ers fans went crazy over this revelation. They believe Samuel is done with the 49ers and will likely request a trade very soon. I refuse to believe that will happen.
Like I said, just because Samuel removed some 49ers references from his social media doesn’t mean he’s finished with the team. While he has every right to be disappointed by the fact that he still hasn’t been renewed before the final year of his rookie contract, he also became one of the top receivers in the NFL recently, largely thanks to his use in Kyle Shanahan’s system. He played a key role in the run to the NFC Championship Game last year and could be even more brilliant in 2022 if Trey Lance is really the upgrade over Jimmy Garoppolo that Shanahan thinks he is. can become. Now, is he leaving suddenly because he might have to wait a few more months to figure out what his salary will be in two years? That just doesn’t make sense.
These are the same moves Kyler Murray made against the Cardinals when he was frustrated with extension talks, but should we really believe he’ll leave the team in the middle of their Super Bowl window? Furthermore, the idea that the 49ers wouldn’t be willing to pay Samuel was ludicrous. They had a second quarter of the second year where they traded the first three picks as the face of their franchise. The team’s general manager John Lynch and Shanahan needed Lance to succeed. You know a way to make sure he doesn’t succeed? You take away your best weapon. I know they’re fumbling about the Garoppolo situation, but surely they can’t be this dumb, can they?
Yes, Samuel is very frustrated with his contract situation. If I were in his position, I’d have the security of knowing where I would be playing and how much I would make a year in advance as well. With a year he’s just gone through, it makes sense that he wants to set up a new contract before he gets a chance to get injured. That said, there were never any Deebo Samuel commercial rumors prior to today. Despite what Samuel did on his Instagram account, there’s no reason to believe that he and the 49ers will break up. This is merely a contract dispute and a public move to put pressure on the 49ers’ office to give Samuel a major contract extension he has earned.
Stay calm and stop reading too much about what players do on their social media sites. It’s been a wild NFL season and I understand why everyone is keeping a close eye on the biggest NFL stars in the hopes of knowing the next big move before it happens, but it’s not. signs of some big moves to come in the coming days.
A month from now, after all this is over, it will be like the Murray and Hurts situation. People will forget this ever happened, and we’ll be saddened to see someone else remove their group from their Twitter bio. Hopefully by then, we’ll learn better.