Why extending 49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk needs to be a priority

Why extending 49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk needs to be a priority

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Amid all the trade rumors, the San Francisco 49ers must prioritize extending star pass-catcher Brandon Aiyuk. Aiyuk, 26, is an ascending star who has yet to plateau heading into his fifth NFL season.
Amid all the trade rumors, the San Francisco 49ers must prioritize extending star pass-catcher Brandon Aiyuk. Aiyuk, 26, is an ascending star who has yet to plateau heading into his fifth NFL season. The former Arizona St. product is coming off a stellar 2023 campaign, which saw Aiyuk haul in 75 receptions on 105 targets for a career-high 1,342 yards and seven touchdowns. Aiyuk also averaged a career-high 17.9 yards per reception and maintained a catch rate of 71.4%, both career-bests. The 49ers offense has a ton of mouths to feed, but each of their offensive weapons complement each other quite nicely. Much of the attention from opposing defenses is focused on running back Christian McCaffrey. When he's bottled up (which doesn't occur often), the 49ers have the luxury of finding one of the many explosive players at their disposal on offense. Although in years past, Deebo Samuel operated as the go-to receiver much of the time, Aiyuk appeared to be quarterback Brock Purdy's favorite target in the most critical

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