“We’re told that Samuel, who is slated to make just under $4 million this season, will be looking for a contract in the range of about $25 million per year,” Pauline wrote.
Pauline continued: “The belief in league circles as of April 12 is the Niners will likely extend Deebo’s contract rather than trade him. If Jimmy Garoppolo is traded from the team as expected, San Francisco would save about $25.5 million in salary and won’t have a high-priced quarterback on the payroll.”
Samuel accumulated 1,405 receiving yards, 365 rushing yards and 14 total touchdowns with the 49ers last season. Those stats show he’s earned a pay raise, but the financial math indicates he may have to wait until some time this summer to put pen to paper on an extension.