Deebo Samuel Expected to Attend 49ers' Mandatory Mini Camp


San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel is expected to attend the team's mandatory mini camp starting today. Samuel skipped the 49ers' optional organized team activities this offseason after publicly confirming rumors that he had a requested a trade in April.

Samuel cited two main reasons for wanting out of San Francisco. First, he was displeased with his contract-extension negotiations with the 49ers. Samuel has made it clear that he wants to be among the NFL's highest-paid players. His 49ers contract doesn't expire until 2023. Second, Samuel does not want to repeat the positional role he held during the 2021 season. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan often opted to use Samuel as a wide back, meaning Samuel would come out of his wide receiver role to rush the ball. Samuel has said that he wants to be pure wide receiver this season. 

 After missing voluntary OTAs and asking to be traded, 49ers’ WR Deebo Samuel is expected to attend mandatory minicamp starting today, per source.

The 49ers have made their position clear: they will not be trading Deebo Samuel. Kyle Shanahan has said nothing on the matter besides that he hopes the organization "will get the best thing for the Niners [and the] best thing for Deebo." 

At the moment, Samuel is locked into a four-year deal with the Niners worth $7.2 million. Compared to what other star wide receivers are being paid right now, Samuel is severely underpaid. The Los Vegas Raiders are paying Davante Adams $28.5 million per season, and the Miami Dolphins are paying Tyreek Hill $30 million per season. Samuel's 1,405 receiving yards outpaced Hill's 1,239 last season. Samuel also topped both Adams and Hill in yards per reception. He averaged 18.2 yards per catch, while Adams and Hill averaged 12.6 and 11.2 respectively. 

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