“(Samuel) did not want to discuss specific reasons behind his request,” Jeff Darlington reported Wednesday, “but he has indeed let the 49ers know his desire to leave the organization.” NFL Media adds that Samuel’s official request reached the 49ers front office more than a week ago, hence the two sides’ halted contract talks.
“San Francisco wants to pay Deebo Samuel, but Deebo Samuel was the one who scrubbed the 49ers logos off his social media page,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter previously reported Tuesday. “Deebo Samuel was the one that essentially, basically made it known he wanted to move on. San Francisco would pay Deebo Samuel today, tomorrow, the next day. It’s not hard to figure out what the contract would look like. … This … is Deebo Samuel not wanting to get a deal done.”
He recently took to social media to downplay threats he’s received from fans over his perceived contract situation and was seen liking an Instagram post that referred to playing for no less than $25 million per year.
On Twitter, fans noticed that he may be angling towards his next team after a recent like showed him photoshopped in a Cowboys jersey.
Samuel, who was a second-round pick by the 49ers in 2019, is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is in line for an extension.
He is coming off a breakthrough season during which he helped San Francisco reach the NFC Championship Game. He finished fifth in the league with 1,405 receiving yards, caught six touchdown passes, and rushed for eight touchdowns.
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