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Terrell Owens calls cause of Deebo Samuel-49ers rift ‘unfortunate’

May 10, 2022 at 9:25 AM--



Hall of Fame wide receiver Terrell Owens has some insight on the situation between the San Francisco 49ers and their current wide receiver star, Deebo Samuel. Owens recently told NBC LX that he spoke with Samuel but wasn't willing to disclose the details of that conversation.

Owens did share the following, though, courtesy of NBC Sports Bay Area.

"I've talked to him personally. I know what's going on," Owens said before his Fan Controlled Football game over the weekend. "I know what transpired. Until he's ready to say what happened with that situation, I just keep that between us. But it's unfortunate."

Whatever the reasons for the recent rift, it led to a trade request from Samuel. The 49ers are unwilling to grant that wish and remain hopeful that a contract extension with their do-it-all receiver can come to fruition.

Samuel had a breakout year last season, accumulating 1,770 all-purpose yards and 14 total touchdowns and setting a new single-season record for rushing touchdowns by a wide receiver with eight.

Meanwhile, Owens offered the following advice to the 49ers, the team that drafted him in 1996.

"When you think about the productivity that he brought to that team, playing running back and receiver, there's no way they should be balking," Owens said. "They should be wanting to pay this guy what he's worth. ... To pay this guy not market value with the production that he's putting on the field, that's not cool."

Samuel has not been present with his teammates during the 49ers' offseason program, which kicked off on April 19. The team's only mandatory minicamp will be held from June 13-15.
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