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Commanders Emerge as Possible Landing Spot for Brandon Aiyuk

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San Francisco 49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk

Ryan Clark revealed on NFL Live Monday that San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk is meeting with the team on Monday to negotiate a long-term deal. The prior negotiations have not gone anywhere and Aiyuk is taking it“personal.” The offers so far have affected him.

Clark also dropped another interesting nugget, as he disclosed that Aiyuk walked into the room with Washington Commanders quarterback Jayden Daniels to tell him that he’s meeting with the 49ers today. Clark interviewed Aiyuk on The Pivot Podcast, which will be released later this week.

Aiyuk was college teammates with Daniels at Arizona State, so Clark wonders if Washington could be his designation.

“He says he wants to be in San Francisco first but is comfortable playing elsewhere if that’s something that the San Francisco 49ers are willing to do via a trade. And I will tell you this, when he sat with us, he did not walk into the room alone. First, it was Brandon Aiyuk. Second, it was Jayden Daniels. I’m not a tea leaf reader, but the way that this sounds is that Brandon Aiyuk wouldn’t mind playing in Washington.”

Aiyuk is seeking a deal that matches or exceeds the $30 million per year that the Detroit Lions gave Amon-Ra St. Brown earlier this offseason, while the 49ers have reportedly offered a deal that is worth $26 million annually, according to Mike Silver, who covers the 49ers for Bally Sports.

Despite the sides only apparently being $4 million apart, Aiyuk took to social media to express his displeasure at the lack of movement last week, posting a video to TikTok where he told Daniels that the 49ers “don’t want me.”

Throughout the offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been linked as a possible trade partner for Aiyuk. The 49ers and general manager John Lynch have been hell-bent on not trading their star wide receiver, but if the Commanders offer an enticing trade package, they might reconsider.