A five-year contract worth up to $140 million for Davante Adams after a trade sent him from the Green Bay Packers to the Las Vegas Raiders. Then, a four-year contract 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 with the Buffalo Bills through the 2027 season.

This is all music to Deebo Samuel’s ears. The San Francisco 49ers wide receiver apparently reacted to news of Diggs’ deal, as he has to several other wide receiver deals before him.

Samuel knows that every high-priced deal that’s made before the 49ers lock their fourth year to an extension likely means more money in his bank account. Of course, while Samuel’s new deal might not top the market, expecting to sign the dynamic offensive weapon for less than $20-25 million a year – possibly more – would be a big deal. wishful thinking from the 49ers.

It’s not exactly apples to oranges, though. Hill has exceeded 1,000 receiving yards in four of his six seasons. Adams has topped that mark in three of the past four seasons, including a career-high 1,553 receiving yards in 2021. Diggs had over 1,000 receiving yards in each of the past four seasons.

Last season was the first time Samuel exceeded 1,000 receiving yards. He racked up an impressive 802 receiving yards as a rookie in 2019. He had just 391 receiving yards in an injury-hampered 2020 campaign.

Samuel, however, had a breakout year in 2021, recording 1,405 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns. However, that doesn’t tell the whole story. The self-proclaimed “wide back” also recorded 365 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns, the latter of which is an NFL record for a receiver.

That’s 1,770 total yards and 14 total touchdowns for the receiver-running back hybrid. Its versatility can make it even more valuable. He also managed to stay relatively healthy in 2021 despite the heavier workload.

Samuel was also the first wide receiver for the 49ers to exceed 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 to accomplish the feat from Boldin.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan recently praised his star receiver, responding that he would “recommend” the 49ers sign Samuel for an extension when asked to share his thoughts on the contract situation.

“I’ve never had someone like Deebo,” Shanahan added, “someone who’s built like him, more like a running back with just the way he can take hits and the way his body can take a hit. Then you go with his speed, which allows him to be a receiver, you go with his hardness, his hands.

“People also don’t realize how smart Deebo is, and he’s one of the smartest players I’ve ever seen. Nothing is too big for him.”