Deebo Samuel, at times last season, was the entire offseason. He caught, rushed for, and threw a touchdown in the same game in Week 18.
Samuel notched 22 carries in his first two seasons, but in 2021, he had 59 rushing attempts and scored eight touchdowns.
However, rumors circulated over the offseason that he was upset with his backfield usage, and that played a role into his contract disputes and trade rumors. But after inking a three-year deal worth over $70 million on Sunday, he dismissed that notion after speaking with reporters on Tuesday.
“That’s false,” Samuel said, via Bleacher Report. “There’s a lot of things that came out that I want to speak on, but at the end of the day, I wasn’t allowed to. I mean, you can turn on the tape, go back to the Cowboys game. It kind of shows what kind of player I am. And also, I mean, you can go turn on the Pro Bowl tape and like, what I said about being a wide back, I don’t mind doing whatever it takes for this team to win.”
Samuel even scoffed at the rumors back in April.
“To real to entertain half the stuff y’all be saying but it do be funny though,” Samuel ttweeted at the time, “everybody want they voice to be heard about a situation they know nothing about and just be saying whatever the next person say. Have a blessed day.”
Samuel recently agreed to a three-year extension with San Francisco worth up to $73.5 million with $58.1 million in guarantees.
If the 49ers want to get back to the NFC Championship, they will need Samuel to be everything that he was in 2021.