The Washington Commanders and wide receiver Terry McLaurin agreed to an agreement on Tuesday. three-year extension up to $71 million. The WR contracts, especially those made with Deebo Samuel in 2019, are of great interest to the 49ers as they try to smooth over the deal with Samuel.
MacLaurin’s deal could help give an idea of what Samuel’s deal might look like, not in terms of finances, but in terms of duration.
Most of the reports of Samuel’s desires in his quest for a new contract include going beyond that 2022 extension. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media remains firm in his statement. Samuel doesn’t want to keep his running back role. because he is hoping for another big paycheck in his career. Durability and having multiple bags is what motivated Samuel to trade, which is still on the table.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if the 26-year-old Samuel uses McLaurin’s three-year contract as a starting point in negotiations. If he comes north of McLaurin in dollars, he’ll still rank among the league’s highest-paid wide receivers and also set himself up to be a free agent again right after he turns 30. high level and his health remains intact, there is a real chance that he will see a second substantial trade.
The 49ers will no doubt push for a few more years. They would like to lock up Samuel until 2026 or 2027 on a four or five year contract. It would also allow them to distribute more of his money and set themselves up to get out of the deal a year or two early if he doesn’t come forward by age 20.
However, given that the frost is obviously coming from Samuel’s camp, a shorter deal could be where San Francisco should land if they want to get their star receiver’s services in the long run.
The 49ers have plenty of leverage as Samuel goes into the last year of his rookie contract and they can call his bluff and see if he sits out the season and jeopardizes his 2023 free agency. On the other hand, he’s their best offensive player, and removing him from the equation just in time for new starting quarterback Trey Lance to come into play wouldn’t help the young signalman.
Because the dollars and value of Samuel as one of the most unique offensive weapons in the league is up for debate, the 49ers may have to work on a shorter contract that looks more like McLaurin’s than the longer contracts of AJ Brown or Davante Adams.
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