Deebo Samuel’s exploits are well documented – he’s an NFL unicorn, a wide receiver who also plays as a running back, and the type of player many NFL teams will try to copy and fail. But his future with the 49ers is, at least for now, up in the air, with contract talks for a new deal yet to be concluded. Samuel also recently removed any reference to the 49ers from his Instagram page.
The latter apparently led to the 26-year-old star receiving death threats and racist comments.
“For all the fans who are in the DMs [sending] death threats and racial stuff, I don’t mind,” he posted in an Instagram story. ” This is not the case. Y’all are the same ones that have been hoorah and “go Debo”. Oh now y’all wanna send death threats and send all these racials [things].
” It does not bother me. I’m cool, I relax. I am happy.”
Last season, Samuel showed his unparalleled versatility with 77 catches for 1,405 yards and six touchdowns during the regular season while rushing for 365 yards and eight touchdowns. His eight rushing scores were the most by a wide receiver in the Super Bowl era, doubling the previous record of four by Tavon Austin in 2015.
Samuel is entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract with the 49ers.
Keeping the 6-foot, 215 prodigy would be essential for San Francisco, but it will likely cost them dearly given the hot wide receiver market. In recent weeks, Tyreek Hill and Davante Adams have signed deals worth at least $28 million a year. Samuel, by comparison, has racked up more total yards than the two.
As for his future, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is certainly looking forward to Samuel returning.
“We have to figure it out,” he said at the NFL’s annual meeting in Palm Beach, Florida. “[He and defensive end Nick Bosa] are guys who have won a lot, and two guys who I hope are with the Niners forever – or at least as long as I’m here.
New York Post