The Baltimore Ravens haven’t been a team that’s shied away from high-profile trades in recent years. Players like Marcus Peters and Calais Campbell have been acquired for well below perceived market value and gone on to excel in Baltimore.
The case surrounding San Francisco 49ers star wide receiver Deebo Samuel, however, is a bit different.
The Ravens have become known for value trades. That’s to say that they’ve been able to acquire very talented players for relative bargains.
They shipped Kenny Young and a fifth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams for Marcus Peters. Calais Campbell was acquired for a fifth-round pick as well. Samuel won’t be so easy to trade for, though.
The 49ers are reportedly seeking a “king’s ransom” for their All-Pro wide receiver. However, as we inch closer to the draft, there’s a prevailing sense that the 49ers might be more willing to talk than many have initially been made to believe.
If that’s the case, the Ravens could be a dark-horse suitor. While the wide receiver position isn’t nearly as prominent of a need for the Ravens this offseason, trading for a player like Deebo Samuel would do wonders for the offense.
What might it cost, though? What would general manager Eric DeCosta be willing to give up? What would the 49ers be willing to accept?
Let’s take a look at three hypothetical trade scenarios that could land Samuel in Baltimore.