Deebo Samuel, 49ers have no choice but to find a fair extension
If it takes $25 million a year to sign wide receiver Deebo Samuel to a multi-year extension, it looks like that would be a viable situation for the 49ers.
It’s a reasonable deal for both sides if the numbers add up the way receiver AJ Brown signed last week with his new club.
The same agent, Tory Dandy, who brokered Brown’s contract with the Philadelphia Eagles also works as Deebo Samuel’s agent. When the Eagles acquired Brown in a draft trade from the Tennessee Titans, the contract was flagged as an extension worth $25 million per season.
But those numbers only add up if the upcoming season is ignored and his $31 million unguaranteed salary for 2026 is entered into the calculator with a straight face.
Functionally, Brown’s contract with the Eagles is a four-year contract that costs an average of $18.3 million per season. Philadelphia can come out of contract after three seasons at an average cost of $19.07 million.
Samuel requested a trade last month from the 49ers for reasons that aren’t entirely clear. He first expressed his displeasure with the organization by unfollowing the team’s official social media accounts and cleaning his profile of all mentions of the club.
In what can be interpreted as a signal that he is warming up to the idea of staying with the 49ers, Samuel has been following the 49ers on his Instagram account this week. At this point, there seems to be no choice for him and the 49ers but to resolve their differences.
Once the 49ers received no trade offers on day one of the draft that even tempted them to part ways with their best offensive player, it became clear that Samuel would stay with the club for a while. Now the next step is to make sure he receives a contract that reflects his importance to the team.
Tyreek Hill is considered the highest paid wide receiver in the NFL with an average salary of $30 million with the Miami Dolphins. That figure includes an unsecured final year of his contract which, on paper, shows he is set to earn $45 million.
There are ways to increase the average dollars per year to inflate the numbers beyond what is expected to be paid. The most relevant figures are the amounts of the full guarantees at the time of signing.
Brown was awarded $40 million fully guaranteed, according to Pro Football Talk. Hill’s contract includes $52.525 million in full guarantees, while Stefon Diggs received $47.985 million and Davante Adams got $22.75 million. They each received additional insurance protection in the event of injury.
Samuel is coming off a season in which he was named a first-team All-Pro. He caught 77 passes for 1,405 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for 365 yards and eight touchdowns in the regular season. In three playoff games, Samuel had 154 receiving yards and a touchdown, as well as 137 yards and a rushing touchdown.
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The 49ers are willing to pay Samuel in line with some of the NFL’s top receivers, sources told NBC Sports Bay Area.
Samuel, who is expected to earn around $4 million this season, is eligible for a new contract this offseason for the first time in his career. And Samuel is still expected to get an extension before returning to the field.
Many other receivers have been paid this offseason. Those numbers provide a roadmap for what the 49ers and Samuel should be able to agree is a fair deal.
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