NFL Exec Has Stern Warning For 49ers With Brandon Aiyuk

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Amid the ongoing contract standoff between Brandon Aiyuk and the San Francisco 49ers, an NFL executive has issued a cautionary message to the organization, stressing the need for a prompt resolution regarding Aiyuk’s future with the team.

Failure to address this matter decisively now could prove significantly more costly in the long run.

The situation presents a significant challenge for general manager John Lynch, especially given the rapid development of Aiyuk over the past two seasons.

Some argue that Aiyuk has surpassed Deebo Samuel to claim the mantle of the 49ers’ top wide receiver. However, the team’s reluctance to commit to another lucrative contract extension, particularly in light of recent big-money deals for other key players, has left Aiyuk’s future uncertain.

There is a palpable risk of alienating Aiyuk, potentially leading to his departure in free agency, or squandering the opportunity to capitalize on his trade value.

In a recent report by Mike Sando of The Athletic, various league executives weighed in on offseason moves, with one individual issuing a stark warning to the 49ers: either meet Aiyuk’s contract demands now or face potential regrets later.

“Aiyuk is so integral to what they do, more so than Deebo Samuel is, that I’d try to get something done with him before Justin Jefferson and these other receivers get deals and the price goes up,” the exec told Sando. “Because this is a deep receiver draft, they may try to do it in reverse. If there is something they can get done from a draft standpoint, then it could be moving Aiyuk or knowing their feet are to the fire and they have to extend him.”

Given this assessment, speculation mounts that a trade involving Brandon Aiyuk could materialize in the coming weeks, possibly before the start of the NFL draft on April 25. T

he recent surprise trade of Stefon Diggs by the Buffalo Bills to the Houston Texans underscores the fluidity of such transactions, suggesting that acquiring draft capital for the 2024 event is a plausible scenario for the 49ers.

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