Deebo Samuel, AJ Brown among WRs planning to skip practice

Deebo Samuel plans to skip practice with the 49ers and appears to remain determined until San Francisco fulfills his contract, according to multiple reports.

As voluntary practice for 21 of the NFL’s 32 teams began Monday, ESPN and NFL Network reported that several wide receivers were instead going into holdout mode.

Samuel, Tennessee Titans wide receiver AJ Brown and Washington Commanders No. 1 target Terry McLaurin all plan to stay away from their teams during the offseason, ESPN reported.

All three players are in line for a raise in the final year of their four-year contracts, exceeding draft status to become lead receivers. Samuel and Brown were second-round picks in 2019; McLaurin was a third round selection.

Samuel signed a four-year contract valued at $7,247,476 in 2019 under the NFL’s draft slot pay structure.

Deebo Samuel and AJ Brown
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A versatile part of the 49ers’ offense, Samuel also makes appearances on the running back and in the slot. In 2021, he had 1,770 scrimmage yards and 14 total touchdowns.

Samuel could fetch a deal worth $20-$25 million a season, which is the market direction for No. 1 receivers. Tyreek Hill (Miami Dolphins) and Davante Adams (Las Vegas Raiders) were traded and given new contracts to reach the plateau previously only achieved by DeAndre Hopkins with the Arizona Cardinals.

Hill surpassed Adams’ deal with the Raiders, signing a contract averaging $30 million per season.

Adams has ousted Hopkins on a contract averaging $28 million a year, but his total guaranteed money is just $22.8 million compared to Hill’s $52.5 million.

Brown could also be pushing to earn more than $20 million per season, the average of Chris Godwin’s new contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Amari Cooper’s contract value with the Cleveland Browns.

On Monday night, Brown’s social media account removed “TENNESSEE” from his biographical description.

“I’m suddenly a diva and a bad teammate lol ok,” Brown tweeted earlier in the day. “Do what you have to do and I will do it too.” Deebo Samuel, AJ Brown among WRs planning to skip practice


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