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San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel signs three-year, $73.5 million contract extension

Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) stands on the field before the start of the game against the Houston Texans at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers and wide receiver Deebo Samuel agreed to a three-year contract extension worth a max of $73.5 million on Sunday.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the 2021 All-Pro's deal is worth $71.55 million total and a max of $73.5 million with $58.1 million guaranteed.

The extension ensures that the wide receiver-running back hybrid player will stay in the Bay Area through the 2025 season. His usage has been similar to what the Atlanta Falcons did with Cordarrelle Patterson during the 2021 season, where offenses line up a player in several different positions, creating an all-purpose offensive player who can do it all.

Deebo Samuel's Snap Counts Around the 49ers Offense | 2019-2021
Season Total Snaps Backfield Slot Wide
2021 970 116 239 591
2020* 305 6 89 205
2019 853 17 179 645

*Samuel missed several games during the 2020 season with an injury

During last season, the 26-year-old South Carolina product caught 87 of his 128 targets for 1,559 yards and seven touchdowns. On the ground, he rushed 86 times for 502 yards and nine touchdowns. He earned an 87.8 receiving grade and an 85.3 rushing grade on the way to a 90.2 PFF overall grade during his breakout season.

Samuel held out from OTAs after the draft and made threats of asking to be traded before he was offered the extension. With his speedy playmaking abilities, he helped the 49ers average 6.0 yards per play — which is tied for first in the league — and 0.058 EPA per play.

Trey Lance, the second-year quarterback out of North Dakota State, will take the reins of the 49ers' offense in 2022, and now he assuredly has a do-it-all gadget player in Samuel to feed the ball to.

In an interview after team OTAs, Lance made a public statement about his excitement to work with Samuel. “Deebo is a guy that we'd love to have in the locker room, man. It's good to have him and Trent [Williams], both of those guys back,” he said. “I talk to Deebo a ton. Even when he's not here. It's obviously good to have him back. his vibe on the field, his energy.”

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