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Deebo Samuel, 49ers agree on a three-year, $71.55 million extension


There will be no in-season drama regarding Deebo Samuel and his contract. The All-Pro receiver and the 49ers have agreed to a three-year, $71.55 million extension (that can reach up to $73.5 million) that includes $58.1 million guaranteed, according to ESPN and confirmed by CBS Sports Josina Anderson. The extension will make Samuel among the league’s highest-paid receivers, a group that also includes Tyreek Hill, Davante Adams, DeAndre Hopkins, and Cooper Kupp.

Samuel reportedly requested a trade in April following a standout 2021 campaign. The 49ers expressed optimism that they could reach a new deal with Samuel after he reported to training camp last week. Samuel, 26, is coming off a 2021 season that saw him catch 77 passes for 1,402 yards while leading the NFL with an 18.2 yards-per-catch average. He also ran for eight scores while scoring 14 total touchdowns. Samuel scored two touchdowns during the postseason while helping San Francisco advance to the NFC Championship Game.

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The 36th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the 6-foot Samuel tallied nearly 1,000 all-purpose yards as a rookie while helping the 49ers reach the Super Bowl. Injuries limited him to just seven games in 2020 before he rebounded with a big 2021 campaign. NFL Senior Writer Pete Prisco recently tabbed Samuel as the NFL’s 26th best player as part of his annual player rankings.

Samuel will have a new quarterback throwing him the ball in 2022. After spending his rookie season mostly on the bench, 2021 first-round pick Trey Lance has been given the keys to the 49ers’ offense. The 49ers are considered one of the front-runners to come out of the NFC this season. If order to do that, San Francisco will first have to navigate through a competitive division that includes the defending Super Bowl champion Rams, who edged the 49ers in last year’s conference title game.