The maximum deal is worth $73.5 million over the three years and includes $58.1 million in guarantees, sources Adam Schefter of ESPN reported.
Samuel is the seventh out of the season to sign a deal worth at least $24 million a year. Prior to this season, DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals was the only one who made it this far.
By concluding the deal, the Niners and Samuel brought a peaceful end to turbulent negotiations that saw Samuel request a deal from the Niners in April. Despite this request, San Francisco held on to their desire to work through any issues that troubled Samuel and rewarded him with a major contract that would keep him with the team for the future.
During the NFL Draft in April, the Niners received some offers on Samuel but they never came close to what it would have taken him to move on. In the weeks that followed, Samuel slowly returned to the fold, attending the mandatory small camp for the full team in June. Then Samuel gave a timely report on the start of this year’s bootcamp.
He and coach Kyle Shanahan talked through the plan for him as camp opened Tuesday, and agreed that Samuel would do conditioning work on the side while the Niners and his representatives continue to hammer out a deal. At the time, the Niners’ general manager, John Lynch, was more optimistic than ever that the two sides would Saberman a deal.
“We’ve really had productive, substantive conversations,” Lynch said at the time. “I don’t want to get everyone excited because something is imminent because we haven’t gotten there yet, but really hope that in the near future we’ll be able to announce something exciting for everyone involved. Deebo is here today and we’re excited to move forward with him as part of this team.”
With the signing of Samuel, the 49ers retained the most productive offensive player. In 2021, Samuel, 26, coined the term “wideback” due to his ability to power the receiver and run backwards. In his dual role, Samuel emerged as a unique offensive threat, becoming the first player since 1999 and third in NFL history to collect at least 1,000 yards, five touchdowns and five accelerations in the same season.
All the way, Samuel averaged 18.2 yards per catch and 6.2 yards per carry while scoring 14 combined touchdowns. His 1,770 sparring yards were ranked third in the NFL, and his eight rushing yards were the most by a receiver in league history as he climbed to All-Pro honors.
In three seasons of the NFL, Samuel has 167 receptions for 2,598 yards and 10 touchdowns to go with 550 rushing yards and 11 points on the ground. He played 38 games, missing one in 2019 and 2021 and nine in 2020.