The 49ers and star weapon Deebo Samuel today inked a lucrative three-year extension that will keep the star wide receiver in San Francisco.
The agreement comes after months of speculation over Samuel’s future after he reportedly requested a trade in April.
Samuel, who has been sitting out training camp practices while negotiating the new contract, landed a huge three-year extension worth $73.5million max and $71.55m total with a guarantee of $58.1m, according to Ian Rapoport.
‘We are overjoyed to have come together with Deebo to keep him with the 49ers for years to come,’ said the team’s general manager John Lynch.
‘Deebo has the rare ability to not only play at a unique level but to inspire his teammates with the way he plays.
‘He is a special player that embodies “will meeting skill.” We’re proud to move forward with him as an integral leader and foundational piece of our team.’
The 49ers and Deebo Samuel have reached an agreement over a massive contract extension
The star wide receiver has landed a huge three-year extension worth $73.5million max
Samuel will be 29 when he enters the final year of his new deal and the 49ers could look to offer him another extension to tie him down further.
The 2022 season was set to be the final year of his rookie contract but Rapoport had reported in January that ‘both sides are interested in looking at a potential blockbuster deal this offseason.’
The reporter noted that San Francisco is ‘among the most proactive teams when it comes to contract extensions’ and could look to pay Samuel around $20m per year.
The 26-year-old had reportedly told San Francisco that he wanted to be traded in April
However, the situation appeared to make a drastic U-turn in April when it was reported by ESPN that Samuel informed the 49ers he wanted to be traded.
Rapoport had added that Samuel was reportedly ‘unwilling to engage’ in the 49ers’ attempt to offer him a long-term deal.
It was claimed that money was not the issue but rather the player had some ‘issues with how he’s used.’
However, the saga has come to an end with the news of a contract extension that keeps Samuel at the only NFL franchise he has ever played for.
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The agreement is said to not have been easy to reach with bridges needing to be entirely rebuilt.
But his agent, Tory Dandy and the 49ers eventually pushed through to reach an agreement.
Samuel, who was a second-round selection out of South Carolina for the 49ers in 2019 is coming off an outstanding season.
He caught 77 passes for 1,405 yards and led the league with an average of 18.2 yards per catch, while also running the ball 59 times for 365 yards and eight touchdowns.