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San Francisco 49ers The off-season was partially clouded by questions about whether the team was going to find a trading partner for wide-field wide receiver Deebo Samuel.
Those questions seemed to come to an end on Sunday evening.
Samuel and the 49ers reportedly agreed to a three-year contract extension. The deal is still in the process of completion. ESPN reported the deal was worth $71.55 million with $58.1 million guaranteed.
The announced deal allows Samuel to become a free agent in 2026, when he turns 30. The saga of whether the 49ers will trade him seems to be over. Samuel publicly demanded a trade before the draft but ended up showing up at the mandatory mini-camp last week. He is said to have “hold on” while his representatives negotiated the deal.
Samuel has become one of the best guns in football. He has shown that he can deal damage to teams on the ground and in the air. He gained 1,770 yards after the scrimmage and rushed for eight touchdowns with the 49ers. He also led the league with 18.2 yards per catch, 1,405 receiving yards and a total of 14 touchdowns.
Hall of Fame Jerry Rice is the only Niners wide receiver to ever get more scrimmage yards in a season than Samuel did last year. Samuel was an All-Pro and Pro Bowler last season. Both for the first time.
San Francisco will likely open the season with Trey Lance as the starting quarterback. The organization allowed Jimmy Garoppolo to find work elsewhere.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.