49ers Insider adds context to impending Deebo Samuel Holdout

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Deebo Samuel was a huge part of the San Francisco 49ers’ success last season, leading them to the NFC Championship Game.

While the South Carolina alum is primarily a wide receiver, former offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel has used him effectively in their running game.

In 16 games played, he averaged 6.2 yards per carry and had eight rushing touchdowns.

But he did most of his damage in the passing game with 77 receptions, 1,405 yards and six scores.

His versatility forced the Niners to grant him a contract extension.

On this, Samuel will use his influence to secure a more lucrative deal, as reported by David Lombardi of The Athletic.

Lombardi tweeted: “Deebo Samuel apparently won’t participate in the on-field component of OTAs without a new contract as widely expected, but it will be interesting to see if he pays off for off-field activities.”

Samuel will receive a base salary of $3.9 million in 2022.

Unfortunately, San Francisco can’t exercise a fifth-year option on him because he was drafted in the second round.

Giving it the franchise tag also equates to an expensive one-year lease.

Therefore, there’s a chance they could lose him to free agency next season if they don’t reach a new deal.

Samuel trying to get his money

It was a stellar year for Samuel last season after amassing 1,193 receiving yards in his first two seasons.

Similarly, the booming wide receiver market has his side thinking that now is the time to sign a huge contract.

Tyreek Hill has set a new high with his four-year, $120 million contract with the Miami Dolphins.

Meanwhile, Davante Adams has signed a five-year, $141 million deal to join the Las Vegas Raiders.

Samuel is trying to get an annual mean value close to what Hill and Adams will get.

So, he uses his advantage to get a long-term extension.

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