Deebo finally got his dough earlier this week, inking a three-year, $71.55 million deal to stay in the Bay. It ended an offseason full of drama for Samuel and the 49ers; one that featured a social media scrub down, a trade request and a “hold-in.”
Samuel spoke to reporters for the first time since becoming one of the highest-paid wideouts in the league. And despite plenty of evidence on the contrary, Samuel denied rumors that he was frustrated with his role in the Niners’ offense.
“That’s false,” Samuel said, chuckling. “…You can turn on the tape and go back to the Cowboys game. It kinda shows what kind of player I am.”
In that game, a 23-17 San Francisco win in the NFC Wild Card game, Samuel did showcase his dual threat ability. He only reeled in three catches for 38 yards. But Deebo ran 10 times for 72 yards and a touchdown against Dallas’ impressive backline, leading the 49ers to victory.
Samuel did acknowledge that he requested a trade. When asked whether he regretted the decision to ask for a trade, Samuel was fairly reticent.
“At the end of the day, this is a business,” Samuel said. “We came to a decision. I’m here, so I’m happy to be here and that’s just what it is.”
Just business. Well, the business side of thing worked out well for Samuel, who got the eighth biggest deal in terms of AAV among wide receivers this offseason. All things considered, Samuel made out well.
“You just got to be patient,” Samuel said regarding his contract talks.
Be patient, communicate, everything’s not going to happen as you want it to at first. This is probably one of the [most] stressful weeks that I’ve ever been a part of in my life.
Despite the contract dispute, Samuel was in regular correspondence with a number of Niners personnel, including LT Trent Williams and QB Trey Lance, as well as head coach Kyle Shanahan. All three will need Samuel at his swashbuckling best as the Niners try to make a run for the Super Bowl.
Now, after getting paid, Deebo is all smiles.
With a contract laden with gaudy rushing incentives, don’t explain Samuel to be complaining too much about his role in the offense nowadays, either. He seemed pretty giddy in his latest Instagram post, fitted out in a 49ers burgundy suit while signing his new deal.
Mo’ money, less problems. Deebo wouldn’t have it any other way.