Davante Adams’ five-year, $ 140 million, after a deal that sent him from the Green Bay Packers to the Las Vegas Raiders. Then, a four-year deal worth up to $ 120 million for Tyreek Hill after the Kansas City Chiefs traded him to the Miami Dolphins. Most recently, Stefon Diggs signed a four-year $ 104 million extension to keep him at the Buffalo Bills for the 2027 season.

All this music is in the ears of Deebo Samuel. The San Francisco 49ers receiver seems to have reacted to news of Diggs’ contract, as he has made several other receiver contracts for him.

Samuel knows that any expensive deal that will be made before the 49ers closes his fourth year video for extension probably means more money in his bank account. Of course, while Samuel’s new contract does not exceed the top of the market, it would be wishful thinking of the 49ers to expect to sign the powerful offensive weapon for less than $ 20 million to $ 25 million annually – possibly more.

However, it is not a direct apple against an orange. Hill has crossed 1,000 reception yards in four of his six seasons. Adams has crossed that mark in three of the last four seasons, including 1,553 receptions in his career in 2021. Diggs had over 1,000 receptions in each of the last four seasons.

Last season was the first time Samuel crossed 1,000 yards. He set up an impressive 802 receptions as a rookie in 2019. He had only 391 receptions in an injury-prone campaign in 2020.

However, Samuel had a foul in 2021, recording 1,405 yards and six receiving touchdowns. That does not tell the whole story, however. The so-called “broadback” also recorded 365 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns, the latter being an NFL record for receivers.

That’s a total of 1,770 yards and 14 total touchdowns for the receiver that runs the hybrid back. His versatility could make him even more valuable. He also managed to be relatively healthy in 2021 despite more workload.

Samuel was also the first 49ers wide receiver to cross 1,000 receiving yards since 2014, when Anquan Boldin recorded 1,062. Yes, George Kittle did it in 2018 and 2019, but Samuel was the first 49ers wideball to achieve the feat since Boldin.

Kyle Shanahan, the head coach, recently praised his star receiver and responded that he would “recommend” the 49ers to have Samuel extended when asked to share his thoughts on the contract status.

“I’ve never had anyone like Deebo,” Shanahan added, “someone who’s built like him, who’s more like a full-back with just how he can hit and how his body can hit. you go with his speed, which allows him to be receptive. You go in his hardness, your hands.

“People do not realize how smart Deebo is and he is one of the smartest players I have ever been around. Nothing is too big for him.”