Deebo Samuel – ‘Communication’ was key to working on new deal with San Francisco 49ers

Santa Clara, Calif. – A week after what he called the most stressful of his life ended with a lucrative contract extension, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel He was finally free to speak on Tuesday on the speculation that swirled around him during a turbulent off-season.

Samuel, signing a three-year extension of up to $73.5 million, and wearing a t-shirt with teammates Brandon Ayuko On top of that, sat down and spent the next eight-plus minutes fielding about the contract saga, which saw him requesting a trade in the spring, clearing his social media and eventually going through it to remain the 49er. Worked.

“At the end of the day, it’s a business,” Samuel said. “So, what changed was communication. The more we communicated, the more we started to understand things.”

Samuel mostly declined to go into the specifics of what, in fact, drove him to the point of requesting the trade in the first place. At one point, Samuel was asked directly if he regretted requesting the trade. He reiterated that it is a business and he is happy that it all went well.

But Samuel took the time to address some of the issues that turned out to be the source of his unhappiness.

Most notably, Samuel pushed back on the notion that he was unhappy with how the Niners used him in the dual running back-receiver role in the second half of last season and that he didn’t want to continue with it. Were. ,

“That’s wrong,” said Samuel. “There are a lot of things I wanted to talk about, but at the end of the day, I wasn’t allowed. You can turn on the tape or go back to the Cowboys game. It shows what kind of player I am.” And also, you can turn on the Pro Bowl tape and like I said about being wide back, I don’t mind doing whatever it takes for this team to win.”

On his relationship with the quarterback Trey LanceSamuel has taken over as starter since he last played with the team, with Samuel saying it was a work in progress.

“It’s getting better day by day,” said Samuel. “It’s not hard to be out with Trey. He’s willing to learn and I’m willing to learn too and we’ll just come together and figure it out.”

From what Samuel was set to reveal on Tuesday, it seemed his biggest issue was a communication glitch. In previous off-seasons, the Niners worked long-term contract extensions with the linebacker. Fred Warner and tight end George KittelBut both these deals happened just before the training camp started.

Samuel eventually got a deal around five days into this year’s camp, but indicated that he would have been better off staying in the loop during the early parts of the off-season. Following Samuel’s trade request in April, the Niners firmly stated that they had no intention of trading him and although they did receive a few offers during the NFL’s draft, coach Kyle Shanahan stated that none of those offers were available to the team. Was nowhere close to being worth consideration.

That weekend, Shanahan addressed Samuel’s situation for the first time and stressed the importance of being able to meet with Samuel in person so they can cut through what is bothering him.

It’s something that Shanahan brought back on Monday when she discussed expanding on Samuel.

“When you’re apart from each other, not just him and me, but just him and the whole building and you walk away and you know the big decisions to come, I think things happen,” Shanahan said. . “But I think as we got closer to the minicamp, we were able to turn around each other. It was pretty clear that [we were] The same people we’ve always been and we just have to get back together and start communicating more.”

After sitting out the off-season schedule, Samuel arrived in June for the team’s mandatory minicamp. He had a financial reason to stay there (there’s a fine to pay for leaving it) but Samuel said Tuesday that he planned to be there for it.

Both sides saw Samuel’s appearance at the minicamp as a natural turning point, which helped push a deal, even though it took more than another month to complete.

“A big step forward is when Deebo decided to come, although he didn’t participate, but to show up at the mandatory minicamp,” General Manager John Lynch said. “I thought it was huge … and we really stuck to that idea, but right there, I said, well, we’re good.”

As the heat progressed, Samuel found himself looking for ways to take his mind off the stress of waiting and worrying about when the deal might be done. He used to get regular calls from teammates like Lance to ask about his condition.

but it was left to handle Trent Williams Which appeared to play an important role in bringing both the sides together. At one point, Samuel, who treats Williams “like a big brother”, spent a week dealing with the Niners’ aggressive behavior, as Samuel saw it as “just hanging out” as a way to keep his mind off things. kept as.

Williams reminds Samuel to stay flat, suggesting from his own experience negotiating a major contract with the Niners in 2021 and pointing to Samuel saying his close relationship with Shanahan is hard to find in the NFL. Is.

“One thing I said to Deebo earlier is that you have to keep working on these relationships,” Williams said. “Don’t really worry about what’s out there. Don’t really worry about who’s in your corner saying this or that, like you and Kyle have a great relationship. And not me I think you’re talking about him Is.”

Those terms proved prophetic, although it took some time as other top receivers around the league received large contracts of their own. After Samuel was reported to have arrived at camp on 26 July, he did some conditioning on the sidelines and did not practice as he waited for a settlement.

Knowing that something was imminent, Samuel said that he tried to distract himself by running, exercising, and constantly on his relationship with Williams. Finally, he gets a call from his agent, Tory Dandy, that it’s over, leaving Samuel speechless.

Samuel said, “It’s a feeling I can’t even explain, to be honest with you.” “I was just lost with words. It’s just a blessing to be able to be in the position I’m in. It shows all the hard work and all the things I’ve done for this team. And, you know, I’m here I am very happy to come.”

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