The San Francisco 49ers made it all the way to the NFC Championship game last season, and a big reason for that was the breakout of third-year receiver Deebo Samuel.
Samuel had by far the best year of his career, and the 49ers have now rewarded him with a huge contract extension that will keep him in San Francisco for quite some time.
The 49ers and Samuel have agreed to a three-year extension on Sunday that will net Samuel $71.55 million including $58.1 million of that money to be guaranteed to him.
49ers are giving Deebo Samuel a three-year,$71.55 million extension, including $58.1 million guaranteed, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 31, 2022
This move will keep Samuel with the 49ers organization through the 2025-26 NFL season.
It was not always guaranteed that Samuel would remain with the team after Samuel had requested a trade from the organization earlier this offseason.
Those issues between Samuel and the organization have obviously been cleared up, and many are excited to see if Samuel can build on his impressive play next season.
Deebo Samuel walking into the 49ers WR meetings tomorrow like pic.twitter.com/oO4l4nqMRO
— KP (@KP_Show) August 1, 2022
The Deebo Samuel deal just made too much sense to not get done.
Not just his talent (2nd-best WR in the league IMO). But where the 49ers are too, trying to set up Trey Lance for success…you need Deebo out there. He's their best weapon.
— Chris Simms (@CSimmsQB) August 1, 2022
Deebo Samuel and Trey Lance are walking into the 2022 fantasy football season like: pic.twitter.com/5bX7LcihTF
— Moody (@EricNMoody) August 1, 2022
Deebo Samuel is one of the most unique players in the NFL and Kyle Shanahan used him brilliantly. I hope the new contract doesn’t preclude that. Still remember Trent Williams telling me Deebo would be a 1,500-yard runner if full-time RB.
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) August 1, 2022
AJ Brown got $40 million guaranteed. DK Metcalf got $31 million guaranteed. What a win for Deebo. https://t.co/dSmYO9z39D
— Niners Nation (@NinersNation) July 31, 2022
Samuel made himself an irreplaceable player for the 49ers last season, racking up 1,405 receiving yards on top of an increasingly interesting role as a part-time running back at times for the team.
For a majority of the offseason, it looked like the organization was waiting to move veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s contract in a potential trade before the extended Samuel, so this could mean that Jimmy G could shortly be on the move before the start of the 2022-23 NFL season
The team has already announced that second-year quarterback Trey Lance will be the team’s starting quarterback next season, and it will be interesting to see if that impacts Samuel’s production moving forward.