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George Kittle discusses how, when he thinks Deebo Samuel contract situation will end

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49ers tight end George Kittle is aware of the negotiations with the 49ers front office. Just two offseasons ago, he was eligible for an extension and earned what would make him the highest-paid tight end in league history. Now teammate Deebo Samuel is working through the ebb and flow of contract negotiations, but stepped in when he asked for a trade a week before the draft.

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Factors other than money are reportedly at work for Samuel that make his long-term renewal difficult, but Kittle remains optimistic that the All-Pro wide receiver will be wearing red and gold suits next year.

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On an episode of Bussin With the Boys, a podcast featuring Titans offensive lineman Taylor Levan and linebacker Will Compton, Kittle spoke about Samuel’s expansion. He made it clear that he knew nothing about the negotiations and had not spoken to Kyle Shanahan, John Lynch or Samuel.

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“What’s going to happen is I don’t know anything, Deebo has one more year left on his contract no matter what, right? Assuming he’s not going to sit out, that’s a lot of money,” Kittle said. “So he will either play as a nine this year and have one year left on his contract or he will get a contract extension. At the moment you can’t even trade it. What are you going to trade him for, for a first-round pick next year? It won’t help us this year. Like, come on, you can’t trade future picks. Not right now. So this window is sort of closed.

The opportunity to trade Samuel basically disappeared after the Jets used the 10th overall pick in this year’s draft instead of including him in the 49ers wide receiver deal. San Francisco was reluctant to trade its Swiss Army knife and reportedly never got any tempting offers. They were going to demand a royal ransom and neither team was willing to sit down at the negotiating table to make a deal.

If that were the case in April, it’s hard to imagine a team shedding adequate assets to help the 49ers this year. According to Kittle, the team is also unlikely to be interested in future candidates. They are too close to winning the Super Bowl to look beyond their 2022 roster.

Samuel wants to be paid, of course, and his attendance at the mandatory mini-camp was an indication that at least things were moving in the right direction. Unless he was willing to take a relatively small penalty for missing mini-camp, it’s almost impossible to imagine him missing game checks and then putting himself in the position of not being an unrestricted free agent next season.

Keetle’s logic is being tracked and he pointed to mid-July as a potential end point for Samuel to fulfill his contract, but he was also careful to say nothing is set in stone.

“And something crazy can happen,” Kittle said. “I could swallow my words in two weeks, but the Niners completed all the main contracts – mine, Fred Warners – a week before the start of the season. So I think within three weeks we will hear news about it. But I have no idea.”

This is the time just before training camp, when San Francisco traditionally made deals in this mode. Defender Nick Boza is also in no hurry to negotiate a contract. However, there is no need to panic as training camp and pre-season are the real barometers of whether a player will miss games.

Kittle could certainly be wrong, but given the logic and what we know about Samuel and the 49ers, we’re willing to bet he’s probably right.

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Source: sports.yahoo.com

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