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3 Trade Candidates For San Francisco 49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk

Brandon Aiyuk has improved each year of his career with the San Francisco 49ers.

The Arizona State product has totaled 1,000 yards in each of his last two seasons with 15 touchdowns. In 2023, he set a career-high with 1,342 yards. Now, San Francisco could be looking for a trade partner for the receiver.

The two sides have been unable to come to an agreement on a new contract. Aiyuk was allegedly offered a deal worth $26 million per year, which was turned down. There might be other friction between the two sides and a trade could shake things up for both sides.

Below, take a look at three contenders to make a move for Aiyuk in the offseason.

3. Los Angeles Chargers

There has been a turnover of wide receivers for the Los Angeles Chargers. They sent Keenan Allen to the Chicago Bears and released Mike Williams. The Chargers opened up cap space with Jim Harbaugh entering for his first season on the sideline. Los Angeles continued to bolster the offensive line during the 2024 NFL Draft with Notre Dame’s Joe Alt. Now, the team could look to find a wide receiver for Justin Herbert. It is unknown if Harbaugh will want to pursue Aiyuk but the fit makes sense for a team with a Pro Bowl quarterback.

2. Green Bay Packers

Is there a way that the Green Bay Packers can pair Aiyuk with Christian Watson? There are mock trades out there that have Watson going back to San Francisco in the exchange. It would make sense for the Packers to want to pair Aiyuk and Watson but maybe the emergence of young talent could persuade the front office to move Watson. Last season, Jayden Reed led the team with 64 catches for 793 yards. Reed and Romeo Doubs were tied for the team lead with eight touchdowns. Jordan Love took a major step forward last season. Green Bay is an intriguing team once again. Aiyuk is the type of receiver that can turn the team into contenders.

1. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers made major strides this offseason to improve the quarterback position. They signed Russell Wilson after his release from the Denver Broncos and made a trade for Justin Fields. George Pickens is the team’s No. 1 receiver but could use a running mate. Right now, the Steelers are relying on Van Jefferson and Quez Watkins. The AFC North is the best division in football and right now, Pittsburgh is expected to be in the basement. That could change if the offense adds an elite receiver.


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