After months of rumors and negotiations, the 49ers star receiver got a deal that he’s happy with.
However, it’s a deal that San Francisco had to get done before the regular season began.
With Trey Lance taking over as the starting quarterback, he needs every weapon out on the field.
Samuel is the best weapon they have in San Francisco for him, so keeping him makes sense.
The Deebo Samuel deal just made too much sense to not get done.
Not just his talent (2nd-best WR in the league IMO). But where the 49ers are too, trying to set up Trey Lance for success…you need Deebo out there. He's their best weapon.
— Chris Simms (@CSimmsQB) August 1, 2022
But how big is the deal that Samuel got, and how does it compare to other receivers’ payday in 2022?
Samuel Gets Three-Year Deal Worth Up To $73.5 Million
When you examine the NFL wide receiver contract landscape, you see plenty of receivers who got huge contracts.
Most of those contracts were for four or five years, keeping these players with their team for the long haul.
However, the deal Samuel got was for three years.
Deebo Samuel and the 49ers have agreed a three-year extension worth up to $73.5m, with $58.1m guaranteed. pic.twitter.com/Q6BXKGlxMD
— Sky Sports NFL (@SkySportsNFL) August 1, 2022
This gives him an option to move on to another team sooner than other receivers, if he wishes to do this.
That power makes him valuable in the future when his contract is up yet again.
However, his contract guarantee of $58.1 million makes the deal better than those other long-term contracts receivers got in 2022.
Samuel’s Contract Might Be Less Than Other Receivers But Has More Guaranteed Money
When you examine the NFL receiver contracts of 2022 with Samuel’s, you see him getting less money overall.
However, 79% of his contract is guaranteed money for him.
Compare that to A. J. Brown, who got a four-year $100 million deal from the Philadelphia Eagles.
A.J. Brown: 4-years, $100 million and $57 million guaranteed
Terry McLaurin: 3-years, $71 million and $34.6 million guaranteed
DK Metcalf: 3-years, $72 million and $40 million guaranteed
Deebo Samuel: 3-years, $73.5 million and $58.1 million guaranteed
How are we feeling? 🤔
— DiBirds (@DiBirdsBlog) July 31, 2022
That deal, compared to Samuel’s, gives him less guaranteed money than the 49ers receiver.
The guaranteed money improves his deal over other receivers and their deals in the NFL.
It’s hard to say no when the bulk of your contract is guaranteed money.
However, there’s one more thing with this contract that might show Samuel is a team player.
The Contract Doesn’t Have A Clause Requesting 49ers To Stop Using Him As A RB
Rumors about the stalling of Samuel’s contract would surround a report of him not wanting to be used as a running back.
However, the new contract doesn’t have a clause in there preventing the 49ers from doing this with him.
While he might want fewer carries as an RB for the team, it wasn’t part of his new deal.
This sends a signal that he’s willing to be a team player and allows the team to use him as needed this season.
With him doing so much in 2021 as a dual threat player, it’s hard to stop using him as that multi-purpose weapon.
While fans will continue to speculate on Samuel, it’s clear for now he’s not overly concerned with his role in San Francisco.
As there’s no contract stipulation of how the team uses him, Samuel seems more focused on winning than being a dual threat.
That will make 49ers fans happy, as they go into 2022 with high expectations.