49ers Superstar WR Brandon Aiyuk Posts CRYPTIC Message On INSTAGRAM Amid Trade RUMORS-O

Brandon Aiyuk of San Francisco 49ers looking on.Brandon Aiyuk (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

San Francisco 49ers superstar wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk posted a cryptic message on Instagram as trade speculation ramps up.

Speaking during Monday’s “NFL Live” episode, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the 49ers and Washington Commanders discussed a trade for Brandon Aiyuk. However, the NFC East team decided against the move.

The JPA Football Instagram account shared a post about Schefter’s report on the 49ers-Commanders Aiyuk trade discussion. On that post, Aiyuk commented and wrote, “But I though the niners was never tryna trade me?”

Below are a screenshot of Aiyuk’s comment and the Instagram post from JPA Football:

Brandon Aiyuk is entering the fifth and final year of his rookie contract. Coming off the best season of his career, Aiyuk is set to land a lucrative extension that could very well push nine figures.

Justin Jefferson and the Minnesota Vikings agreed to a four-year extension worth $140 million that makes him the highest-paid non-QB in league history. Detroit Lions star Amon-Ra St. Brown agreed to a four-year extension of his own worth $120.01 million.


In 16 games last season, Brandon Aiyuk caught 75 passes for 1,342 yards and seven touchdowns. The 49ers reached Super Bowl 58, where they wound up losing to the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime.

49ers Need To Pay Brandon Aiyuk

If the 49ers were to trade Aiyuk, they would certainly get at least a first-round pick as part of the return. But at the end of the day, draft picks are only lottery tickets.

There is no guarantee that the 49ers would receive equal value for Aiyuk, who has made a compelling case as a top-10 receiver in football. The San Fran offense has reached another level with his giant YAC numbers, so it’s imperative that they agree to a contract extension.

The 49ers’ Super Bowl championship window is wide-open right now, but keeping Aiyuk ensures that Kyle Shanahan has the best chance to bring this franchise its sixth Super Bowl.

REPORT: AFC Contender Expected To Land 49ers Superstar WR Deebo Samuel Or Brandon Aiyuk In Blockbuster Trade

Deebo Samuel (left) and Brandon Aiyuk( (right) talk during game.

An AFC contender is reportedly inching closer to completing a trade for one of the San Francisco 49ers’ two superstar wide receivers, Deebo Samuel or Brandon Aiyuk.

Both Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk have been widely mentioned in trade rumors throughout the 2025 offseason. Samuel has two years left on his deal, while Aiyuk is entering the fifth and final year of his rookie contract.

During his appearance on “The Joe Starkey Show”, Pittsburgh Steelers insider Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the AFC North club “will have a” new wide receiver by September. Fittipaldo opines that it will be either Deebo Samuel or Brandon Aiyuk:

“They will have a number two receiver on their roster come September, who is not on their roster now…I think it will be either Aiyuk or Samuel. I think there is another shoe to drop out there in San Francisco, they have too many good receivers.”

The Steelers traded their No. 2 wide receiver, Diontae Johnson, to the Carolina Panthers in a blockbuster deal that brought veteran cornerback Donte Jackson over to Steel City.

GM Omar Khan hasn’t made any big WR splashes via trade or free agency this offseason, but he did use the No. 84 pick on promising Michigan product Roman Wilson. But with the 49ers seemingly listening to offers on both Samuel and Aiyuk, the opportunity is there for Khan to find George Pickens’ sidekick and take this offense to another level.

Deebo Samuel Is A More Realistic Trade Candidate Than Brandon Aiyuk

Brandon Aiyuk is the younger and more explosive wide receiver, but it’s hard to envision a scenario where 49ers GM John Lynch prioritizes keeping Samuel over the 2020 first-round pick.

Aiyuk was San Francisco’s top wide receiver last season, and he’s two years younger than the injury-prone Samuel. By trading the 28-year-old, the 49ers would clear $22 million in cap space for 2024 and just over $17.568 million for 2025, per OvertheCap.com.

Regardless, both Samuel and Aiyuk would make significant impacts on a Pittsburgh offense that needs more playmakers. Pickens displayed signs of growing into a superstar last year, but a No. 2 WR is necessary if Pittsburgh is to contend in the crowded AFC.

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