San Francisco’s top young offensive threat, do-it-all receiver Deebo Samuel, requested a new contract and then a trade. Will the star wideout be a member of the 49ers in 2022?
Deebo Shines During His Rookie Season
Over the past three seasons, there has been a force of nature on the field in San Francisco for the 49ers. The Niners drafted him at number 36 overall. His name is Tyshun Raequan Samuel, but he’s known to the world as Deebo; The nickname given to the star receiver as a child is now a household name.
The moniker comes from a popular villainized character from the popular 1995 film, Friday. The character in the movie was portrayed by Tommy “Tiny” Lister, who praised Samuel’s play on the field and gave Deebo his blessing to continue to use the name. In 2019, Niner fans witnessed the toughness and aggressiveness that came along with his nickname. Samuel’s rookie season stats were impressive, and his style of play was mind-blowing, to say the least.
Durability Concerns Surface During His Sophomore Campaign
Deebo referred to himself as a “wide-back” when the NFL didn’t know what to call his new position. A few have tried, and a couple have succeeded — but not to this magnitude. To give a slight overview of his numbers, we will go with total yards, which were 71 touches for 961 yards(an average of over 13 yards per touch), and six touchdowns in his rookie campaign. The following year for Deebo was the 2020 season when Covid picked the world up and turned it upside down.
The football world was hindered tremendously, and like many NFL players, Deebo became injured. He still managed to rehab and made it back for seven weeks, where he put up the numbers of 41 touches for 417 yards (an average of over ten yards per touch) and a single touchdown.
Deebo Dominates at Wide Receiver and Running back
During the 2021 season, Deebo proved to the world 2019 was no fluke. This is the year he decides to take over, and he went BONKERS! Give the 49ers fans a full season of play and a show to watch. Deebo Samuel had 136 touches for 1,770 yards (an average of 13 yards) and 14 touchdowns.
The end of the Niner’s season came with a heartbreaking loss to the Rams in the NFC Championship Game, as the Rams snapped a six-game losing streak to the Niners. The devastation was clear on the face of the team, but that moment that Deebo stood there admitting defeat once again after being so close was one to remember.
Samuel was selected to the Pro Bowl and was a First-Team All-Pro in 2021 during that great run. He also welcomed a son on Dec. 27th by the name of Tyshun Raequan Samuel Jr. Deebo may have played his final game in a 49ers jersey that reads “SAMUEL” on the back, but will we see him play in a similar “SAMUEL SR” jersey this season? The primary concern is keeping the receiver in red and gold in 2022.
Does Deebo Deserve A Monster Deal After Only Three Seasons?
Contract talks have remained at a halt, and Deebo is entering the final season of his rookie contract. The chances of him playing without a contract extension can be very small because of the risk of injury. At the same time, there can be other factors such as years, money, incentives, etc. It has been reported that Samuel said he wants to be made the highest-paid non-quarterback in the league.
He does possess a skill set that is hard to find. He also executes it better than anyone I’ve seen do it. Tyreek Hill signed a contract with the Miami Dolphins for four years at $120 million. That would be $30 million per year.
Do you think the Niners will be willing to make that happen for Deebo? Do you think the WR is worth it? I believe so, and I believe there will be trouble in San Francisco if Samuel isn’t on the field in a 49ers jersey for the 2022 season.