San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel became the latest NFL star to clear his team from his Instagram account earlier this month and the superstar wideout is claiming that some fans aren’t take the move well.
Samuel, who is entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract with the Niners next season, removed the team from his Instagram profile picture, unfollowed the team and deleted dozens of posts amid negotiations over a contract extension.
A week later, he discussed the blowback from certain fans on the same Instagram account, saying on his story that some fans sent death threats and racial “stuff” to him over direct messages:
Samuel had a breakout season in 2021 with a career-high 1,405 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns while also rushing for 365 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. He was a first-team All-Pro.
Locking up Samuel to a long term extension won’t be cheap for the Niners as they begin the transition to former No. 3 overall pick Trey Lance under center after the wide receiver market was reset this offseason. Tyreek Hill and Davante Adams both signed deals worth at least $28 million per year, and Samuel posted more yards from scrimmage than both those players last season with a worse quarterback situation.