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San Francisco 49ers and Deebo Samuel agree to 3-year extension worth up to $73.5 million

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — After a rollercoaster offseason that included startling trade demand, a social media cleanup, and half a dozen other receivers signing lucrative deals, the final domino fell on Sunday when wide Deebo Samuel agreed a three-year contract extension with the San Francisco 49ers.

The deal is worth up to $73.5 million over three years and includes $58.1 million in guarantees, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Samuel is the seventh player this offseason to sign a deal worth at least $24 million a year. Prior to this season, only DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals had reached that mark.

In reaching the deal, the Niners and Samuel peacefully ended a turbulent negotiation that saw Samuel request a trade from the Niners in April. Despite this request, San Francisco held firm in their desire to resolve any issues that were bothering Samuel and reward him with a significant contract that would keep him on the team in the future.

Mission accomplished.

During the NFL Draft in April, the Niners received offers on Samuel but never got anything close to what it would have taken to move on from him. In the weeks that followed, Samuel slowly returned to the fold, attending the mandatory full team minicamp in June. Samuel then signaled in time for the start of this year’s training camp.

He and coach Kyle Shanahan discussed the plan for him when camp opened on Tuesday, agreeing Samuel would do some conditioning work in the side as the Niners and his reps continue to hammer out a deal. At that time, Niners general manager John Lynch was more optimistic than ever that a deal could be reached between the parties.

“We had really productive and substantive discussions,” Lynch said then. “I don’t want to get everyone excited that something is imminent because we’re not there yet, but I really hope that in the near future we can announce something exciting for everyone involved. Deebo is here today and we are excited to move forward with him in this team.”

By signing Samuel, the 49ers retained their most productive offensive player. In 2021, 26-year-old Samuel coined the term ‘wide back’ because of his ability to play wide receiver and running back. In his dual role, Samuel became a unique offensive threat, becoming the first player since 1999 and third in NFL history to have at least 1,000 receiving yards, five receiving touchdowns and five rushing scores during the same season.

Along the way, Samuel averaged a league-leading 18.2 yards per catch and 6.2 yards per carry while scoring a total of 14 touchdowns. His 1,770 scrimmage yards ranked third in the NFL, and his eight rushing touchdowns were the most by a receiver in league history as he achieved All-Pro honors.

In three NFL seasons, Samuel has 167 receptions for 2,598 yards and 10 receiving touchdowns to go with 550 rushing yards and 11 rushing scores. He has played 38 games, missing one in 2019 and 2021 and nine in 2020.

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