Deebo Samuel is in the final year of his rookie contract and he wants to get paid.
The standout receiver/running back hybrid became a breakout star for the San Francisco 49ers and since he’s being paid nearly $4 million this season, there’s no debate he’s far outperforming his current salary.
That being said, the offseason has been a tumultuous one for Samuel and the 49ers. In April, when multiple receivers were cashing in with new deals, it was reported that Samuel requested a trade from the 49ers. While Samuel “liked” a post about staying with the 49ers, he didn’t attend voluntary workouts in May. Granted, those are “voluntary” so that may or may not have to do with the current contract situation.
49ers general manager John Lynch previously said that Samuel was “too good” to trade and doubled down on Wednesday when asked by Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area whether or not the receiver would be on the team this season.
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Lynch said, “Well, we haven’t traded him. And I’ve used the word ‘fool,’ I’d be a fool to trade him, so no [we’re not trading him]. And so, yes, he’ll be a part of the 49ers this year.” That response received applause from 49ers fans in attendance.
Obviously, the situation could change but as of now, Deebo Samuel is sticking with the 49ers. At least for this year.