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Deebo Samuel wants Jets' Jamal Adams on 49ers as trade rumors swirl

Deebo Samuel wants Jets' Jamal Adams on 49ers as trade rumors swirl

Deebo Samuel likes the idea of another potential Super Bowl run for the 49ers.

All-Pro New York Jets safety Jamal Adams has requested a trade from the Big Apple, and the 49ers have been one of the most-rumored potential destinations. Samuel took to his Instagram story on Thursday night to send a subtle message of encouragement to the 24-year-old safety.

[RELATED: George Kittle 'really proud' of team's offseason work, effort]

Both the 49ers and Seattle Seahawks have been reported to be in negotiations with the Jets regarding Adams, who has been an All-Pro in each of the past two seasons.

There are plenty of potential hurdles for the 49ers if they want to complete a potential trade for Adams. He has two years remaining on his rookie deal in New York and holds very little leverage outside of not reporting to training camp and holding out. The Jets rightfully are asking for a high price, likely needing at least one first-round pick to even have a seat at the table in negotiations. All of that neglects to mention that Adams wants to be paid like the NFL's best safety (which he has a pretty good argument for being), but the 49ers' front office still has to pay George Kittle in what is expected to be well above the current tight end market value.

Nevertheless, you can't blame Deebo for trying to bring as much talent to the 49ers as possible. 

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George Kittle scared Seahawks into Jamal Adams trade, Ian Williams says

George Kittle scared Seahawks into Jamal Adams trade, Ian Williams says

George Kittle's contract extension was on the 49ers' mind all offseason and much of training camp, until the All-Pro tight end officially put pen to paper.

The 49ers' biggest rival thought a lot about it, too.

The Seattle Seahawks traded a fortune -- specifically, two first-round picks (2021 and 2022), a 2021 third-round pick and safety Bradley McDougald -- to acquire All-Pro safety Jamal Adams. Seahawks general manager John Schneider admitted Kittle's presence was a factor in Seattle acquiring Adams, and NBC Sports Bay Area analyst Ian Williams believes that's one of the truest testaments to Kittle's greatness.

"You made Seattle sell their souls for the next couple years, and their future picks in the first round, to the Jets for Jamal Adams," Williams said, addressing Kittle in a digital video for NBC Sports Bay Area. "Very good player, but that player was brought in to be versatile, help the defense do more things that they couldn't do last year and, uh, cover you. Yeah, you're forcing teams to do what they don't want to do."

Kittle set the NFL's single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end in 2017 (1,377) and his two seasons with 1,000-plus receiving yards are the only ones by a tight end in franchise history. The Seahawks are hoping Adams can be their long-term answer to Kittle, but they need to sign him first.

Just as Kittle was entering this season, Adams is eligible to sign a contract extension. Seattle will have Adams under contract through 2021 because New York already exercised his fifth-year option, and the Seahawks reportedly are content waiting to sign him. Adams reportedly wants to be the NFL's highest-paid safety.

[RELATED: Kittle channels Ric Flair to celebrate his new 49ers contract]

Time will tell if Adams remains in the Pacific Northwest, and if his presence is enough to neutralize Kittle in future 49ers-Seahawks matchups.

Kittle undoubtedly forced Seattle's hand this summer, and that's enough to give the tight end the upper hand in Williams' eyes.

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The Rock congratulates 49ers' George Kittle on his contract extension

The Rock congratulates 49ers' George Kittle on his contract extension

49ers fans everywhere are pumped that George Kittle officially signed his five-year contract extension to stay in San Francisco on Friday.

But one fan is a little more jacked up for Kittle.

That's right. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson congratulated the All-Pro tight end on his new deal.

Kittle was equally stoked to get the message from The Rock.

Kittle, a huge WWE fan, has formed a close bond with The Rock over the last year. When the 49ers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3 last season, Kittle channeled The Rock with a postgame speech. A day later, the wrestling icon tweeted at Kittle, blowing the tight end's mind.

[RELATED: Kittle channels Ric Flair to celebrate extension]

Ever since then, The Rock has been cheering on Kittle and the 49ers, and they even met before Super Bowl LIV.

During a recent interview with ESPN, Kittle spoke about meeting The Rock.

"I felt like a little kid meeting a superhero," Kittle said to ESPN's Tory Zawacki Roy. "That was one of the coolest things about the whole Super Bowl. I took his one bottle of tequila that he had. It was delicious."

Fans likely won't be allowed in NFL games during the 2020 season, but it's a safe bet that The Rock will be watching Kittle play and rooting for him on Twitter.

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