Deebo Samuel is not happy with the 49ers.
Or at best, he’s fine with everyone believer he is not happy with the 49ers.
This is the new age of relationships where a player can express his dissatisfaction with his employer through actions on social media. This generally includes stopping following the team’s official accounts and removing any content in which he appears in his team uniform.
That was the case recently with Samuel, who emerged as one of the NFL’s breakout stars during the 2021 season on his way to being selected as the first-team All-Pro wide receiver.
Samuel returned from an unproductive, injury-plagued 2020 season to catch 77 passes for 1,405 yards and six touchdowns in the regular season. After injuries in the 49ers’ backfield created a need, Samuel stepped in and rushed to 365 yards and eight touchdowns.
In three post-season games, Samuel had 154 yards and a touchdown reception to go along with 137 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Teams may not touch the contract of a draft player until after his third season. This is the first time the 49ers can enter into talks about a multi-year contract.
Things seem to be going well for Samuel. And both sides expected to negotiate a contract where some clear markers have been put in the low and high end.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed receiver Chris Godwin to a $ 60 million three-year extension. Godwin is a five-year veteran who has recorded 3,276 yards and 21 touchdowns in 40 games over the past three seasons. He continues to retrain from a torn ACL he sustained in week 15.
So an agreement of an average of $ 20 million per. season appears to be the lowest level on Samuel’s next contract.
Tyreek Hill, acquired by the Miami Dolphins in a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, signed what is functionally a four-year contract of $ 95.435 million ($ 23.85 million per season). Davante Adams went from Green Bay to Las Vegas in a trade. The Raiders reached $ 37.5 million ($ 22.5 million per season) with a three-year deal.
The Buffalo Bills signed Stefon Diggs last week for a three-year extension, $ 96 million ($ 22.67 million annually).
It’s hard to justify Samuel’s next deal reaching out to Adams, Hill and Diggs. After all, these players have been among the league’s most explosive and consistent recipients over the last half-dozen seasons.
Logically, Samuel’s next contract should amount to somewhere from $ 20 million to $ 22 million annually. There. That’s the easy part.
But each organization has its own philosophy on how to allocate money to specific positions.
Kansas City and Green Bay, teams with still open windows to championships, have in the low season decided not to pay their best receivers. Both teams obtained significant drafts in trades and decided to redistribute the money saved to other areas of the list.
With quality recipients entering the NFL each year – and this draft does not appear to be any different – the Chiefs and Packers decided it made sense for them to look at the draft for younger, less expensive replacements.
The 49ers’ list already consists of the league’s highest paid offensive lineman (Trent Williams), tight end (George Kittle) and back (Kyle Juszczyk), as well as the NFL’s second highest paid linebacker (Fred Warner).
Samuel’s next contract could land him among the NFL’s top-five paid wide receivers. And the club need to think about signing defender Nick Bosa on a deal that could make him the highest paid player on the team.
The 49ers’ decision makers have declared their intentions to keep Samuel and Bosa with the team for the foreseeable future. As recently as two weeks ago at the NFL’s annual meeting, general manager John Lynch promised that Samuel and Bosa would go nowhere.
“We have a plan for each of those guys,” Lynch said. “We want to keep these discussions private, but as I have long said, those guys are going to be a part of us for a long, long time. They are great players. They are very much the core of who we are and they are great players, great people and a big part of who we are. “
There has been no indication that the 49ers are openly trading Samuel in a trade. But coach Kyle Shanahan said it himself a year ago: No one on the team is out of bounds for trade discussions. He and Lynch would consider any legal offer.
This topic came up when the 49ers traded up to No. 3 overall, announcing their intent that they planned to keep quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for at least one more season unless another team called with an offer that was too good to be true. leave alone.
“Yeah, that’s exactly with all the players on our team, I mean, probably including myself,” Shanahan said. “If anyone blows us away with a trade for me, I bet you John would trade me.”
The 49ers proved two years ago that they were willing to swap the best player on the team away at the right price. Defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, who came after a season in which he won the Bill Walsh Award as the team’s MVP, was shockingly given to the Indianapolis Colts in March 2020 for a first-round draft pick.
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Agent Tory Dandy, who represents Samuel, did not immediately respond Monday morning to NBC Sports Bay Area’s request for clarification of his client’s apparent dissatisfaction.
Samuel speaks loudly via social media.
But at this point, what he says is completely open to interpretation.
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