Deebo Samuel
WR SF (9)
Mon 8/1/22 12:27 PM

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that the 49ers will ease Samuel back up to a full workload at practice, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
EDGE Analysis
Samuel, whom Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports already has signed his three-year, $71.55 million contract extension with the 49ers, won't handle 100 percent of practice reps Monday. Of course, all indications are that Samuel will have his activities ramped up due to an abundance of caution rather than due to any injury concerns. The star wideout will be able to spend training camp establishing a rapport with Trey Lance, whom Shanahan recently officially anointed the team's starting quarterback for 2022.

Deebo Samuel
WR SF (9)
Sun 7/31/22 7:44 PM2 Comments

Samuel and the 49ers agreed to a three-year, $73.5 million contract extension Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
EDGE Analysis
Samuel reportedly requested a trade in April, but the star receiver and the team continued to work on an extension over the last several months. His deal includes $58.1 million guaranteed and keeps him under contract with the 49ers through the 2025 season. The 26-year-old had limited work during practices earlier in the offseason to preserve his health in the event of a trade, but he should ramp up his workload now that he's landed a long-term deal. Samuel saw work as both a receiver and running back in 2021, securing 77 of 121 targets for 1,405 yards and six touchdowns while rushing 59 times for 365 yards and eight more scores. He'll likely be catching passes from Trey Lance in 2022 because the 49ers are attempting to trade Jimmy Garoppolo.

Deebo Samuel
WR SF (9)
Wed 7/27/22 1:19 PM

Samuel is doing conditioning work on the side rather than participating in Wednesday's practice, with his agents still working toward a new contract with the 49ers, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
EDGE Analysis
The two sides seem to have reached an agreement that prevents Samuel from being fined without subjecting him to significant injury risk. He reportedly asked for a trade earlier this offseason, but it now seems he's preparing to sign a long-term deal in San Francisco, where he'd be Trey Lance's No. 1 receiver for the foreseeable future.

Deebo Samuel
WR SF (9)
Tue 7/26/22 2:43 PM

Samuel reported to training camp Tuesday, with 49ers GM John Lynch saying the team is "focused on getting something done," Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
EDGE Analysis
This doesn't necessarily mean Samuel will be a full participant, as he may avoid more strenuous activities that involve more injury risk if he doesn't have a long-term contract in hand. Both parties seem more optimistic than reports earlier this offseason suggested, after Samuel reportedly asked to be traded in April. His contract is part of the issue, but Samuel may also be hesitant to take a lot of snaps at running back, knowing it can hurt his longevity and future contract value. The Niners put him in the backfield far more starting midway through last season, and they continued the trend later on even when Elijah Mitchell was healthy. Samuel put up huge numbers throughout, averaging 110.3 receiving yards over his first eight games before scoring nine TDs (seven rushing) over his final eight. He's probably right that it's in his best interest to play wide receiver full-time if he can dominate through the air the way he did for most of last season, but he'd still be a clear favorite to lead NFL WRs in carries if that happens. Samuel will now catch passes from Trey Lance, with coach Kyle Shanahan confirming Tuesday that the team has moved on from Jimmy Garoppolo and won't have him participating in practice.

Deebo Samuel
WR SF (9)
Tue 6/7/22 2:03 PM

Samuel is present for Tuesday's mandatory minicamp, but he isn't in uniform, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
EDGE Analysis
Samuel reportedly requested a trade out of San Francisco in April, but the 49ers have remained adamant that the electric wideout will be with the team to start the 2022 campaign. The 2019 second-round pick's presence at minicamp is certainly a step in the right direction, but his lack of participation may be a sign he still isn't completely satisfied with his current situation.

Deebo Samuel
WR SF (9)
Tue 6/7/22 9:14 AM

Samuel will report for the start of 49ers' mandatory minicamp Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
EDGE Analysis
Samuel's patriation in mandatory minicamp has been the expectation since late May. Nonetheless, it's good to get confirmation that the electric wideout isn't staging a holdout, considering that he reportedly requested a trade out of San Francisco back in April. General manager John Lynch recently said he'd "be a fool" to trade Samuel, and he insisted that the 26-year-old "will be part of the 49ers this season," per Kevin Patra of NFL.com, so it looks like the team still intends to do everything possible to work out an agreeable long-term deal.

Deebo Samuel
WR SF (9)
Tue 5/24/22 5:22 PM

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said Tuesday that he expects Samuel to be at the team's mandatory minicamp in June, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
EDGE Analysis
The disgruntled wideout has reportedly requested a trade from the 49ers after exploding for 1,770 scrimmage yards and 14 total touchdowns last year. Unsurprisingly, Samuel is currently not participating in voluntary OTAs, but it appears the team still hopes to work out a long-term deal.

Deebo Samuel
WR SF (9)
Mon 5/23/22 12:13 PM

Samuel isn't present Monday for the start of San Francisco's OTAs, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
EDGE Analysis
Samuel reportedly requested a trade from the 49ers back in April, but it appears that the team still hopes to work out a long-term deal that would keep the versatile wideout around for the future. Given that Samuel's contract situation still remains unresolved, it's unsurprising to see him hold out from voluntary team activities. The 26-year-old is entering the final season of his rookie contract, and wherever he ends up signing his next deal, Samuel no doubt is destined for a lucrative payday.

Deebo Samuel
WR SF (9)
Mon 4/25/22 3:53 PM

GM John Lynch indicated Monday that the 49ers don't intend to trade Samuel, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports. "I can't ever imagine wanting to move on from Deebo," Lynch noted during his pre-draft press conference Monday, adding that Samuel is "just too good of a player."
EDGE Analysis
Lynch's comments arrive in the wake of reports that Samuel -- who is approaching the final year of his rookie contract -- would like to be traded by San Francisco. Though Lynch didn't go into details, he did relay that he's had discussions with the versatile wideout, who's in line to land a lucrative second NFL contract regardless of how things get resolved between him and the 49ers. In any case, it's clear that the team would prefer to work things out with Samuel, but until or unless the 2019 second-rounder changes his reported stance regarding his desire to play elsewhere, there figures to be plenty of speculation regarding his status as the 2022 season approaches.

Deebo Samuel
WR SF (9)
Wed 4/20/22 1:00 PM4 Comments

Samuel has asked the 49ers to trade him, according to Jeff Darlington of ESPN.
EDGE Analysis
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the 49ers have sought to discuss a long-term deal with the versatile wideout, but Samuel evidently would prefer a change of scenery. In any case, if San Francisco does elect to field trade offers for the 2019 second-rounder, there would no doubt be plenty of interest. Samuel is approaching the final year of his rookie deal and is thus line for a lucrative contract extension after putting together an outstanding season in 2021. ESPN's Adam Schefter previously reported that the 26-year-old wasn't expected to participate in any on-field work during the 49ers' voluntary offseason program.