SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — All-Pro receiver Deebo Samuel instructed ESPN on Wednesday that he has requested a commerce from the San Francisco 49ers as the 2 sides have been unable to barter a long-term deal for one of many league’s prime playmakers.
Samuel is getting into the ultimate yr of the rookie deal he signed after being drafted within the second spherical in 2019 and is seeking to benefit from the exploding market of receiver contracts.
Samuel is about to be paid almost $4 million this season after being a first-team All-Pro in 2021. Eight receivers have gotten new contracts this offseason price no less than $18 million a yr, together with Tyreek Hill and Davante Adams after trades from their previous groups.
If the Niners give in to Samuel’s demand he could be the newest star receiver to modify groups this offseason. Green Bay received a primary and second-round choose from the Raiders for Adams, whereas Kansas City received a primary, a second and three lower-round picks from Miami for Hill.
Samuel did not give a purpose to ESPN for his demand and the Niners and his agent did not instantly touch upon the request.
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The NFL draft begins subsequent Thursday and San Francisco may look so as to add a first-round choose after buying and selling theirs away final season to maneuver up for quarterback Trey Lance.
San Francisco traded away a star participant as a substitute of paying him an enormous contract within the 2020 offseason when the Niners dealt defensive deal with DeForest Buckner to Indianapolis for a first-round choose.
The 49ers used that choose to take Javon Kinlaw, who has struggled with accidents his first two seasons and has not made up for Buckner’s absence.
Replacing Samuel might be much more difficult after he emerged as a star in 2021 with the distinctive means to thrive as each a working again and a receiver in coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense.
Samuel completed the season with 1,770 yards from scrimmage and 14 TDs. Hall of Famer Jerry Rice is the one Niners receiver ever to realize extra yards from scrimmage in a season than Samuel did final yr.
Samuel had 77 catches for 1,405 yards and 6 touchdowns, main the NFL with 18.2 yards per reception. He added 59 carries for 365 yards and eight TDs as he was used out of the backfield regularly within the second half of the season.
Samuel by no means complained concerning the heavy workload and coined a brand new identify for his place, calling himself a “wide back.”
But after coping with accidents in faculty and early in his NFL profession, it is seemingly that Samuel will need a long-term deal in place earlier than having one other season with that type of load.
The 49ers additionally try to barter a long-term take care of edge rusher Nick Bosa, who was picked second total, a spherical forward of Samuel in 2019. San Francisco will train the fifth-year choice on Bosa however may attempt to lock him up this offseason.
The Niners at the moment have little room on the wage cap, however can create important room by reducing or buying and selling quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. San Francisco is anticipated to show the offense over to Lance this season, however discovering a suitor for Garoppolo’s $24.2 million wage has been made tougher as a result of few groups are available in the market for a QB and Garoppolo is coming off shoulder surgical procedure.
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