The San Francisco 49ers have received trade interest in their talented wide receiver, Brandon Aiyuk, from other NFL teams, according to ESPN reporter Nick Wagoner.
Despite the interest, the 49ers have decided to keep the young star and plan to pick up his fifth-year option.
Aiyuk was picked up by the 49ers in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, with the 25th overall pick. Since then, he has been making waves in the league with his impressive performances.
In the 2022 season, he recorded his first 1,000 yard season of his career, while also scoring a career-high of 8 touchdowns.
Over the course of his three seasons with the team, Aiyuk has recorded an impressive 194 catches for 2,589 receiving yards and totaled 20 touchdowns.
#49ers have received interest in Brandon Aiyuk from teams hoping they can trade for him. But Niners intend to keep Aiyuk.
They could find themselves in a situation next offseason where they can’t afford two high end WRs (like OT this year) but those decisions will/can wait.
— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) March 27, 2023
Given his talent and potential, it’s no surprise that other teams are showing interest in acquiring Aiyuk. However, the 49ers have made it clear that they have no plans to let go of their star wide receiver.
Aiyuk has been a key part of the team’s offense and has formed a formidable partnership with fellow wide receiver Deebo Samuel. With Aiyuk and Samuel both in their early twenties, the 49ers have a dynamic duo that could continue to dominate the league for years to come.
The decision to pick up Aiyuk’s fifth-year option also shows the 49ers’ confidence in the young player. This move will keep Aiyuk under contract for another season, giving the team more time to build around him and maximize his potential.
It also means that other teams will have to wait until at least 2025 before they could possibly sign Aiyuk in free-agency.
The 49ers have been busy in the offseason, with several moves aimed at strengthening their roster.
They have brought in veteran defensive tackle Javon Hargrave away from the Eagles and have also signed several other free agents, including former Raiders first round pick defensive lineman Clelin Ferrel and former Falcons second round pick Isaiah Oliver.
They also signed a number of their own players such as starting Safety Tashaun Gipson and starting Center Jake Brendel.
Fans of the team will be excited to see what Aiyuk can do in the coming season. His explosive playmaking ability and chemistry with Samuel make him a key part of the 49ers’ offense. With his fifth-year option now picked up, Aiyuk has a bright future ahead of him in San Francisco.