Deebo Samuel, who is into the last year on his rookie contract, told ESPN Jeff Darlington that he had requested the 49ers to let him a trade. Samuel did not give specific reasons for the deal, but he acknowledged that he’d told the team about his intention to quit.
This comes on top of an increasingly fraught relationship between both parties following Samuel’s breakout season in 2021. In recent months, Samuel has scrubbed any mention of the San Francisco 49ers from his Instagram profile, removed the team’s account from his followers, and deleted all photos of him wearing the team’s uniform.
Sure, the 49ers might be able to smooth things out and keep the receiver by giving him a lot of money to continue as the most versatile player within the NFL.
Samuel 26, is about to enter the final year of his 4-year $7.2 million contract as a rookie. Before Samuel’s request to change his surroundings, there was no indication that the two sides were in the process of negotiating regarding the possibility of an extension.
Samuel’s position as a multi-faceted tool in San Francisco’s offense was vital to the Niners getting to their first NFC Championship Game in 2022. But, this role could be the root of Samuel’s issues with the team.
It’s not clear that the San Francisco 49ers would like to sell Samuel. It’s even possible that they would be willing to offer him the chance to sign a lucrative contract which could be around the $28-30 million that the Raiders and Dolphins are offering the likes of Davante Adams or Tyreek Hill in the respective years.
Deebo Samuel Current Contract
According to Spotrac Deebo Samuel signed a four-year contract worth $7,247,476 for the San Francisco 49ers, including an initial signing bonus of $3,618,076 with a guaranteed $4,731,791 and the average salary for an annual period of 1,811,869. By 2022, Samuel is expected to earn an average base pay of $3,986,000 and will be subject to a cap hit of $4,890,519 as well as dead cap values of $904,519.
In reality, Samuel could force San Francisco to make a deal when he’s genuinely unwilling to sign a new contract with the team for a long time