Brandon Aiyuk sparks trade rumors after not reporting to 49ers offseason program

Apr 19, 2024, 1:02 PM | Updated: 3:14 pm

Deebo Samuel #19, Brandon Aiyuk #11 and Jauan Jennings #15 of the San Francisco 49ers in the locker...

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 29: Deebo Samuel #19, Brandon Aiyuk #11 and Jauan Jennings #15 of the San Francisco 49ers in the locker room before the NFC Championship playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on January 29, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the 49ers 31-7. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)

(Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)

The 2024 offseason has been marred with trade rumors for the 49ers, mostly surrounding the status of Brandon Aiyuk. But while the player’s agent has downplayed speculation, the athlete has only added further to the fire.

Brandon Aiyuk is entering the fifth year of his rookie deal, set to earn a significant contract extension that would place him amongst the elite wide receivers in the NFL this offseason. Both the 49ers and Aiyuk’s agency have been in negotiations since the conclusion of Super Bowl LVIII.

However, Aiyuk has made it known his desire to be handsomely paid. The Nevada native has been linked to moves to the Las Vegas Raiders and the Pittsburgh Steelers with mysteriously social media posts by him, or his friends/family around him. Then, “BA” unfollowed the 49ers on social media earlier in the week.

The subtle messaging by the player has caused some content creators to speculate a trade is on the horizon. Those notions were shot down Thursday by Aiyuk’s agent, Ryan Williams of Athletes First.

“Another ‘report’ that couldn’t be more incorrect. Fictional ‘journalism’ should really stop,” Williams tweeted Thursday in response to a post by Chase Senior of Chat Sports.

The hyperbolic buzz surrounding Aiyuk is nothing new for a 49ers’ offseason; In fact, it’s expected based on recent history. Despite the wayward “reporting”, official beat reporters have had to chime in on the matter.

Here’s what Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area wrote this week:

Of course, Aiyuk is not taking part in the 49ers’ offseason program, which opened Monday at the team’s training facility in Santa Clara. He can be expected to not take part in any voluntary activities until the sides come together on a new contract.

And if history serves as a predictor, it could take a while.

George Kittle, Fred Warner and Deebo Samuel signed their second contracts with the team right around the opening of training camp in late July.

And Nick Bosa got his big deal last year in the middle of the week leading up to the first game of the regular season.

There are two nuggets in the quote that matter: First, BA did not report to the 49ers’ offseason program Monday, despite contrary “reports.” Second, the contract saga could take some time before pen meets paper, but typically, the 49ers get the deal done.

However, the 49ers’ brass hasn’t given much to indicate a deal is close. General manager John Lynch shared earlier this offseason that Aiyuk could go into next season without a new deal, playing on his $14.1 million fifth-year option.

“We have a good history of working with the guys we want to get done, and it takes two sides,” Lynch said. “So can we do that? We’ll see.”

But while Lynch and the 49ers have stayed coy on contract talks, Aiyuk has done the opposite. The player posted this to his Instagram this morning, showing a FaceTime call with NFL prospect Jayden Daniels.

While a lot would have to happen for both Aiyuk and Daniels to play together, the obvious connection from their days at Arizona State University remains at large. And with Antonio Pierce (former ASU position coach) now at the helm in Sin City, a potential reunion can’t be ruled out as a possibility.

But until it becomes official, Brandon Aiyuk remains a 49er. And if history gives us any indication, the longer he stays on the roster this summer, the more likely he’ll be there in the fall.

Only time will tell what happens. But for now, the Brandon Aiyuk offseason speculation isn’t going anywhere.

Key offseason dates for the San Francisco 49ers

  • April 25-27 – 2024 NFL Draft in Detroit
  • May 20-21, May 23, May 28-29, May 31–OTAs
  • June 4-6 Mandatory Minicamp

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