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Brandon Aiyuk Pessimistic on Contract Outlook with 49ers, Trainer Says

49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk has a pessimistic outlook on his contract situation with the 49ers, his trainer T.J. Houshmanzadeh says.



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49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk celebrates after a touchdown, Sept. 11, 2023 - Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

Brandon Aiyuk is not happy with his contract situation in San Francisco. The 49ers star does not feel optimistic that a contract will get done, his trainer and former NFL wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh said earlier this week. Houshmandzadeh noted that Aiyuk figured he would re-sign with the 49ers at one point, but that has become less clear as time passed. More than that, Aiyuk wants a contract in the range of what the Detroit Lions are paying Amon-Ra St. Brown, which is around $28 million annually.

“At one point, he thought he may sign,” Houshmandzadeh said on 95.7 the Game. “So it was like, ‘I’m not gonna come out because I might have to go when I sign.’ And so that optimistic outlook has turned into a pessimistic outlook now. Like, damn, at one point he thought, ‘Hey, I might be leaving soon.’ So now, it’s like, ‘I have no idea.'”

The 49ers reportedly offered Brandon Aiyuk $26 million annually, less than guys like St. Brown, but not that far off. There is still time for Aiyuk and the 49ers to close that gap, and it seems the 49ers want to keep Aiyuk around. But Aiyuk took things a step further last week by not reporting to mandatory minicamp. As a result, the 49ers fined Aiyuk for each missed session. It is unclear if Aiyuk will push this into training camp if a deal is not done by then.

It’s not out of the realm of possibility that the 49ers could look to move Aiyuk. But if the Steelers were to acquire him, would they be willing to part with a high-end draft pick and $30 million annually? That would remain the prevailing question, especially with George Pickens in line for a contract next season. However, the Steelers would undoubtedly upgrade the team by acquiring Aiyuk, so this situation should still be monitored.

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Less Tomlin
Less Tomlin
June 8, 2024 8:04 pm

Giving up a 1st round pick and having to pay 30 mil a year is very un-Steelers like but they’re up against it. They traded away Johnson without replacing him and they are in win right now mode. IMO if they get him for a 2nd and 5th round pick and sign him to a 3 year/90 mil deal, you almost have to do it if you want to save Tomlin’s job and win a few playoff games.

Jesus Christani
Jesus Christani
June 9, 2024 11:45 am