Samuel did not want to discuss specific reasons behind his request.
Samuel, who was a second-round pick by the 49ers in 2019, is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is line for an extension. Sources had told ESPN’s Adam Schefter this week that Samuel was not expected to participate in any on-field work during the 49ers’ voluntary offseason program.
The receiver contract market has exploded this offseason with the Las Vegas Raiders‘ Davante Adams ($28.5 million per season) and the Miami Dolphins‘ Tyreek Hill ($30 million per season) each signing record-setting deals one week apart from each other.
Samuel, 26, is coming off a breakthrough season during which he helped San Francisco reach the NFC Championship Game. He finished fifth in the league with 1,405 receiving yards, caught six touchdown passes and rushed for eight touchdowns — an NFL single-season record for a receiver.