WR Brandon Aiyuk Says 49ers “Don’t Want Me Back”

Brandon Aiyuk with the San Francisco 49ers wide receiver in October 2021. Photo by Mark Black/UPI/Shutterstock (12581496q)

The San Francisco 49ers wideout Brandon Aiyuk isn’t optimistic about securing a long-term contract extension with the franchise. The reason? The 49ers apparently told him they don’t want him.

Aiyuk recently shared a video on TikTok that shows him FaceTiming Washington Commanders’ rookie quarterback Jayden Daniels. The two previously played together at college with Arizona State.

“They said they don’t want me back,” Aiyuk can be heard telling Daniels at one point, referencing his contract negotiations with the 49ers.

“Im laughing but im crying fr,” Aiyuk added in the caption of the clip.

Brandon Aiyuk is currently entering the final year of his rookie contract with the 49ers and is set to earn $14.124 million in 2024 on a fifth-year option. The two sides have been engaged in contract negotiations for a while, but the talks have reportedly stalled recently, and an agreement seems increasingly unlikely. Aiyuk sat out the OTAs and didn’t participate in the mandatory minicamp, hoping to speed things up.

Aiyuk is coming off his arguably best season as a pro, making 75 catches for 1,342 yards and seven touchdowns. He is reportedly asking to be paid at the top of the wide receiver market, which has been on the rise this offseason. The Minnesota Vikings gave their star wideout Justin Jefferson a new extension that averages $35 million annually, making him the highest-paid non-quarterback in the league, while Philadelphia Eagles’ A.J. Brown, Detroit Lions’ Amon-Ra St. Brown, and Miami Dolphins’ Jaylen Waddle all received lucrative new deals as well.

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