July 12, 2024

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San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk has been floated in NFL trade rumors throughout the offseason, with the Jacksonville Jaguars among the NFL teams interested in acquiring him. If any team wants to land the top receiver, however, it will reportedly come at a very high price.

While the 49ers want to keep Aiyuk, the team faces significant hurdles to keep him long-term. The former first-round pick has become one of the best wide receivers in the NFL and heading into a contract year, he wants to become one of the highest-paid NFL players.

For as much as San Francisco values Aiyuk’s route-running and playmaking, he is just a piece in their offense. In Kyle Shanahan’s system, All-Pro tight end George Kittle, running back Christian McCaffrey and All-Pro offensive weapon Deebo Samuel have proven to be more integral to the unit’s success. Plus, with players like quarterback Brock Purdy headed for contract extensions by 2025, San Francisco can’t keep everyone.

At a time when Calvin Ridley is landing a multi-year deal worth $23 million annually through NFL free agency, the 49ers’ front office realizes now might be the best time to move Aiyuk to maximize his value. Jacksonville is among the NFL teams with reported interest, but apparently not at San Francisco’s price.

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