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Getty Azeez Al-Shaair and Dre Greenlaw during Week 1 of the 49ers' road win over the Lions.

There was a big trade rumor that one San Francisco 49ers beat writer felt compelled to address during his mailbag session with his readers on Thursday, June 30.

But it’s not the trade you’re thinking of.

“I’ll try something radical today.

How about a 49ers mailbag that doesn’t answer a single question about Deebo Samuel?” The Athletic’s David Lombardi started out.

Yes, Lombardi was asked about the other major trade rumbling involving Jimmy Garoppolo, adding into the fuel of speculation that the Carolina Panthers and Cleveland Browns remain suitors. However, there was another trade rumbling that Lombardi felt he should address since the insider was asked about it.

So which trade talk did Lombardi decided to dive into? It involves the opposite side of the football for the 49ers.

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Talk of Speedy Defender Getting Dealt Away

Heavy on Jets reporter Paul “Boy Green” Esden asked Lombardi this burning question: Is Dre Greenlaw a candidate to be traded?

Greenlaw is entering a critical season — returning from an injury-plagued campaign that included a hamstring ailment from the NFC Championship game and a Grade 2 Inguinal groin strain that sidelined him for nine games. And the 6-foot, 227-pounder is attempting his return in a contract year this fall.

Is Greenlaw tradeable?

“I don’t see it,” Lombardi said. He then dove into his reasons why Greenlaw’s value is on the “depress” side.

“Greenlaw is coming off a season in which he played only three games due to injury. That’ll depress a player’s trade value,” Lombardi explained. “The 49ers want a speedy and deep linebacker corps, so a healthy Greenlaw grouped with Fred Warner, Azeez Al-Shaair and Oren Burks can constitute just that.”

When healthy, Greenlaw gives the 49ers a ‘backer who once ran a 4.73 40-yard dash time. But he’s looked much faster on the field:

Dre Greenlaw and the Niners are ???? the Lions…

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He’s also known on the 49ers defense for closing fast and arriving in a destructive mood.

Dre Greenlaw, AKA Mike Tyson, laying the wood on this one. Old school football fans will appreciate this style of football, as it's important for the other team to know they'll get wrecked if they come across the middle of the field. It's a mentality.

— 49ers_Film (@49ers_Film) January 13, 2022

But the one play still etched in 49ers’ lore: This stop that sealed the NFC West title in the 2019 season.

Dre Greenlaw forever a ???? for this.

— Syd (@syd_the_catfish) April 11, 2022

But with a tight salary cap, newcomers on defense who were given huge deals (Charvarius Ward and George Odum), plus the pending deal involving Samuel that has stretched into the final month before preseason games await, it’s obvious to see why a question like this would be asked. Plus, Greenlaw has never stayed healthy in his first three seasons in the league, which tends to label a player trade worthy by fans.

Final Contract Situation

To reiterate, 2022 presents a critical season for the 25-year-old out of Arkansas — who was once part of the 2019 49ers draft class alongside prized draft picks Samuel and Nick Bosa.

Per Spotrac, Greenlaw is set to make a base salary of $2,540,000 for the upcoming season before becoming an unrestricted free agent for 2023. And he’s not the only cat-quick defender facing a contract year.

“Greenlaw and Al-Shaair are entering the final years of their rookie deals,” Lombardi wrote. “The 49ers may not be able to pay both of them come next offseason, so consider 2022 a contract audition year. And the 49ers are totally fine with that. They might have the best linebackers crew in the NFL, and the return of a late-round draft pick via trade wouldn’t be worth taking the sting out of that unit.”

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‘FBoy Island’ Finale Shocker: Unpacking that Secret ‘FGirl’ Twist

You can’t spell Michelangelo without Elan Gale. Sir, you’ve done it again.

The FBoy Island creator has pulled off another masterful season of reality-dating chaos, and he saved the best twist for last. Forget about FBoy Island. Haven’t we seen all the FBoys the world has to offer? FGirl Island is where it’s at, baby!

Hearts were broken. Relationships were solidified. New villains emerged out of the shadows. Yes, the last two episodes of FBoy Island had it all. During the “Mansplain”—in which every guy convenes on the island one last time to air their grievances on the remaining dudes—the first twist dropped: Tamaris traded Nice Guy Tom out for Nice-ish Guy Niko. This didn’t even matter, but cool.

Then, the girls embarked on 24-hour dates with their final two—for Tamaris, Casey and Niko; for Louise, Mercedes and Benedict; for Mia, Peter and Danny. After a summer of weeding out FBoys from Nice Guys, the girls faced their final decision. Select a Nice Guy, and you get to split the $100,000 cash prize. But laud an FBoy as your final decision, and the money’s in their hands.

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That’s not all. This season, host Nikki Glaser presented the girls with a surprise bonus option as they waited for their men to arrive. If any lady desired to keep the money for herself, she could reject both men and pocket the $100,000.

If anything, the sophomore season of FBoy Island found that, yes, Nice Guys do finish last. None of them walked away victors in the end. But does that mean an FBoy can’t reform himself to be a better man for the right woman? The jury’s still out, but we’ll unpack as much as we can about what the season finale taught us and what we’re hoping for next.

Fletcher: So, first of all: What do we think of the ladies’ choices?

Laura: I love that Tamaris took the money. Screw these guys, get paid! I could NOT believe Mia chose Peter though…

Danny seemed genuinely upset and blindsided. Do we think Mia made some real promises and flaked, or was this an overreaction to the shock of the moment? I wonder what those alleged pinky promises were!

Allegra: Based on everything the guys had to say about Danny during the mansplain—they really tore him a new one!—I think it was him blowing the situation out of proportion.

Fletcher: I felt like I never saw Danny and Mia's real connection, but there clearly was one there. There was a lot more focus on Peter and her scrambling after only selecting FBoys.

Allegra: Yeah, that did feel abrupt.

Fletcher: I just never felt super connected with Danny. I wasn't rooting for him or against him.

Allegra: I liked him at first, but the things he allegedly said were bad, even if Mia doesn't believe they're true. And that was hard to shake.

Fletcher: I think she made promises to both guys to try and convince them to split the money with her. That’s my bet.

Laura: You are both very wise.

Allegra: I will say: It was very telling that on the final super-dates, both of Mia’s guys asked if she was going to kill them.

But the way you feel about Mia is how I feel about Louise. Mercedes??? Really????? Benedict was ROBBED!

Fletcher: I'm going to be honest with you—before I read Laura's interview with Tamaris, I felt that Casey was robbed, too. But after that interview I was 100000% on Tamaris' side.


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Fletcher: I'm sorry to Mia, but I was betting on Peter taking the money. Same with Mercedes. They didn't make themselves out to be villains, but I don't really like them, either.

Laura: Same, re: Peter. I had thought Mercedes might be playing the long game for a reformed FBoy arc; it makes sense that some of these boys thought bigger.

Allegra: F Boys—and F Girls!—won the season, and I don’t know how I feel about that!

Fletcher: So, with this season's ending—do nice guys always finish last?

Laura: Evidently they do on this island! But never in my heart.

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