Deebo Samuel skipping 49ers OTAs as leverage for suitable contract

Two notable NFC West absences from voluntary offseason workouts were reported just minutes apart on Monday.

One is a big deal.

The other is Deebo Samuel.

Samuel’s absence from the 49ers’ organized team activities was expected all along. And it was all but assured when he took his second-row seat Sunday night in Dallas for the Warriors’ victory over the Mavericks in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.

The 49ers appear determined to provide Samuel with fair compensation before he steps on the field again. He is currently scheduled to make $4 million in the final year of his contract. He can reasonably expect five-to-six times that amount after his All-Pro season in a receiver market that exploded this offseason.

Should the 49ers be concerned with Samuel’s decision to skip OTAs? 

Let’s put it this way: The 49ers’ issues are nothing compared to what the Arizona Cardinals are going through with quarterback Kyler Murray, who is also planning on skipping the voluntary on-field work.

On Monday, ESPN reported Murray was not going to attend the Cardinals’ practice sessions. The NFL Network reported Samuel was going to sit out the 49ers’ offseason program. Both players had already sat out the first five weeks of organized conditioning.

The Cardinals got off to a hot start last season. But Arizona was reeling at the end of the season with five losses in their final six games.

Now, they’re dealing with an unhappy…

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