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John Lynch Throws Cold Water on Brandon Aiyuk Trade Rumors: ‘Nothing’s Going On’

49ers general manager John Lynch threw cold water on any speculation that the Pittsburgh Steelers were trading for Brandon Aiyuk.



Pittsburgh Steelers Trade Target San Francisco 49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk warms up before a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 10, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

The Pittsburgh Steelers need an upgrade in the wide receiver room, even after signing Quez Watkins and Van Jefferson. It feels like they could still use two more guys in that room to make it satisfactory. And the biggest rumor around the team has been Brandon Aiyuk.

Aiyuk sparked speculation on Tuesday when he sent a message to Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin on X, stating “@CoachTomlin they saying we twins. What you think?”

But 49ers general manager John Lynch, who ran into Tomlin at Michigan pro day last Friday, threw cold water on the trade rumors, stating nothing is happening there.

“I promise you, nothing’s going on there,” Lynch said of the trade rumors. “We’re actually talking to Brandon to try and figure something out. You know, we have a good history of working with the guys that we want to get done to get something done. So, can we do that? We’ll see. There’s a number of different directions that could go. But we appreciate the heck out of Brandon and what he is as a player. We want him to be a part of the Niners, so we’re going to work towards making that a reality.”

The most recent example of a top-flight receiver being dealt with in a similar situation was A.J. Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles. They parted with their first-round pick and their later third-round pick, the No. 101 overall pick in that year’s class. So, using that parameter, you could create a theory that maybe 20th overall and 98th overall could do it. However, the 49ers could want more than that, mainly because there has to be a clear desire to keep Aiyuk.

But for now, Brandon Aiyuk seems to be staying put. And certainly, the 49ers do not have to rush to trade him if it comes to that. They seem to have the room to keep him on the roster for this year, which will be the year he will on his fifth-year option, and so an extension seems very possible.