Deebo Samuel plans to skip practices with the 49ers and seems determined to stay away until San Francisco resolves his contract, according to multiple reports.
As voluntary workouts began Monday for 21 of the NFL’s 32 teams, ESPN and NFL Network reported that several wide receivers are entering holdout mode instead.
Samuel, Tennessee Titans wide receiver AJ Brown and Washington COs No. 1 target Terry McLaurin all plan to step away from their teams this offseason, ESPN reported.
All three players are in line for a raise entering the final year of their four-year contracts, surpassing their draft status to become leading receivers. Samuel and Brown were second-round picks in 2019; McLaurin was a third round selection.
Samuel, according to the NFL Slots Compensation Structure Project, signed a four-year contract worth $7,247,476 in 2019.
Versatile piece of the 49ers offense, Samuel also lines up at running back and in the slot. He posted 1,770 scrimmage yards and 14 total touchdowns in 2021.
Samuel could land a deal worth $20-25 million a season, which is where the No. 1 receiver market is heading. Tyreek Hill (Miami Dolphins) and Davante Adams (Las Vegas Raiders) have been traded and landed new contracts to reach the plateau previously achieved only by DeAndre Hopkins with the Arizona Cardinals.
Hill topped Adams’ deal with the Raiders, signing a contract worth an average of $30 million per season.
Adams edged out Hopkins with a contract worth an average of $28 million a year, but his total guaranteed money is just $22.8 million, compared to Hill’s $52.5 million.
Brown could also push to earn more than $20 million a season, the average of Chris Godwin’s new contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the value of Amari Cooper’s contract with the Cleveland Browns.
On Monday evening, Brown’s social media account removed “TENNESSEE” from his biographical description.
“I’m a diva and a bad teammate all of a sudden lol ok,” Brown tweeted earlier today. “Do what you have to do then and so do I.”
New York Post