The San Francisco 49ers are in a tricky spot with Deebo Samuel's trade request now public. There appears to be several factors at play in Samuel looking elsewhere, but San Francisco could salvage the situation by making the All-Pro wide receiver one of the highest paid at his position.
The 49ers' first extension offer to Samuel has reportedly been revealed.
Deebo Samuel Contract Extension
Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network claims San Francisco has put an offer of around $19 million per year on the table. It's not exactly the $25 million per year Samuel is hoping to get, but it could be a great starting point for some compromise.
An average of $19 million per year would put the South Carolina product just outside of the top 10 WR contracts. He'd be ahead of Kenny Golladay and Christian Kirk (both at $18 million per year), but below Michael Thomas ($19.25 million) and Brandin Cooks ($19.8 million)
After proving he's one of the best WRs in the league by receiving First Team All-Pro honors in 2021, it's hard to believe Samuel would settle for anything less than a top-10 contract. His breakout year showed how much of a force he could be for years to come, and the 49ers would be worse off without his dynamic playmaking on the field.
Though there's a difference between the two sides right now, it seems like meeting in the middle around $22-23 million could go a long way toward repairing this relationship. Samuel would get long-term security after two shortened seasons to begin his career, and San Francisco would have a No. 1 threat locked up for Trey Lance to rely on as he takes over under center.
Hopefully cooler heads will prevail and these two parties are able to put this drama behind them.
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