What DK Metcalf’s new Seahawks contract means for Deebo Samuel, 49ers

There’s no way another wide receiver signing a lucrative deal will impact Deebo Samuel’s upcoming new contract with the 49ers.

Now it’s just a side issue to do so.

Seattle Seahawks Thursday finalized a new contract with wide receiver DK Metcalf, who, like Samuel, was set to enter the fourth and final year of his rookie contract.

Metcalf’s new deal would amount to a three-year, $72 million extension with $58.2 million guaranteed. The structure and details of the contract will be known in the coming days.

There are significant signs the freeze has thawed, and Samuel is willing to accept a multi-year extension from the 49ers that pays him among the league’s top receivers.

It’s a group that includes Tyreek Hill, Davante Adams, Cooper Kupp, AJ Brown, Stefon Diggs and, now, Metcalf.

Samuel is coming off an All-Pro season in which he recorded 1,405 yards and six touchdowns to go along with 365 yards and eight rushing touchdowns. His inspired play helped lead the 49ers to the NFC Championship Game.

Samuel is currently expected to earn around $4 million this season. That’s about five to six times less than the market dictates he should earn.

Samuel showed up to training camp on time. He did not participate in the first two practices of the 49ers camp during his contract negotiations. He is not expected to step onto the pitch until the deal is done.

“They’re talking all the time right now, so we’ll see what happens,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said before the 49ers’ first practice.

“I hope we can find something soon, but we are in a good position for today.”

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The issues Samuel had with the 49ers seem to have disappeared. Samuel has never publicly expressed what prompted him to ask for a trade. The 49ers heard his concerns. They received a few offers around the draft but didn’t trade it as no team came to the table with an offer that even tempted the organization to part ways with their top offensive playmaker.

If Samuel had any concerns about his use in the team’s offense, that’s something Shanahan expressed isn’t something to worry about either.

Shanahan said: “I had a really good chat with him. We are on the exact same page on this.

Now all that’s left is for the parties to come together in the near future with a contract that works for both parties equally.

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