John Lynch: Deebo Samuel reported, we’ve had productive talks

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It appears more progress has been made between the 49ers and Deebo Samuel on a new deal for the key offensive weapon.

San Francisco General Manager John Lynch said at his press conference on Tuesday that Samuel reported for camp. It doesn’t sound like an extension is imminent, but Lynch sounded optimistic that something will get done.

“We’ve had really productive and substantive talks,” Lynch said. “I don’t want to get everyone all excited that something’s imminent because we’re not there yet. But, really hopeful that in the near future we’ll be able to announce something that’s exciting for everyone involved. So, that’s good. Deebo’s here today and we’re excited about moving forward with him as a part of this team.”

Lynch was asked if Samuel would practice. If Samuel doesn’t, it would mean he’s staging a sort of “hold-in” as he awaits a new contract.

“We’re focused on getting something done,” Lynch said. “Deadlines, there’s not a hard deadline, but deadlines have a way of spurring these things into action. And that’s, like I said, we’ve had a number of productive talks and hopeful that something’s going to happen here in the near future.”

Samuel reportedly had issues with his role and the way he was used last year. But those problems are apparently in the past.

“I had a real good discussion and we’re on the exact same page on it,” head coach Kyle Shanahan said.

Samuel amassed 1,770 yards from scrimmage — 1,405 receiving and 365 rushing — with 14 total touchdowns last season. He was an All-Pro and a Pro Bowler for the first time.

11 responses to “John Lynch: Deebo Samuel reported, we’ve had productive talks

  1. It’s a catch-22 for Deebo. He wants WR money and not to get beatup like a RB, but his skillset is not a WR1 and will see his productivity slump if he’s not lining up in the backfield a fair amount.

  2. Cut Jimmy, give most of that money to Deebo which should make him more inclined to participate in this year’s games. What he makes now, about $4 million, and how the Niners offense ended up totally relying on him he shouldn’t set a foot on the field, especially since the TE and Receivers have a hard time playing all 17 games.

  3. Samuel is in a tough position. What made him so special last year was his running back play. But that makes it much more likely for him to be injured. He is truly a unique player. Lots of RB’s who can catch the ball well. No other WR comes close to his running skillset, or usage as a RB, so how do you determine what to pay him?

  4. whycantiloginanymore says:
    July 26, 2022 at 3:21 pm

    “so how do you determine what to pay him?”


    John Lynch and Kyle Shannahan are paid a lot of money to figure that out.

  5. John Lynch is similar to Mike Mayock. One is out of the game, one is next.

  6. “John Lynch is similar to Mike Mayock.”

    Except for Lynch having been a HOF NFL player that has built a high end roster that went to 1 Superbowl and 2 conference championship games. But otherwise they are the same guy.

  7. Deboo is a very talented player and he deserves to get paid alot of money and we definitely can’t afford to lose him.

  8. Clara is a laughing stock. Embarrassing. What a poorly run organization they have become.

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