Brandon Aiyuk's latest claim about 49ers doesn't jive with what insiders say

Multiple NFL insiders are disagreeing with Brandon Aiyuk's comments about the Niners not wanting him.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk (11)
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk (11) / Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

After saying the 49ers 'don't want me back,' Brandon Aiyuk's claim is now garnering disagreement with NFL insiders in the know.

On Monday, San Francisco 49ers star wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk posted a social media video that garnered plenty of attention.

In the video, Aiyuk was FaceTiming with Washington Commanders quarterback Jayden Daniels, with whom Aiyuk played at Arizona State.

The Niners receiver told Daniels, "They said they don't want me back... I swear."

On the surface, the video is a bit strange. It's odd to have the conversation recorded, almost as if it was staged so that Aiyuk could get a point across in the increasingly ugly contract extension talks that have dragged out all summer. And it's not the first cryptic social media post the 2020 first-round NFL Draft pick has made during such talks either.

Plus, it doesn't jive with what San Francisco's front office has said all offseason, specifically about wanting to lock Aiyuk up for the long haul.

Besides, that's not the verbiage a front office would use, at least not in so many words.

Furthermore, respected NFL insiders are openly disagreeing with Aiyuk's claim about the 49ers no longer wanting his services.

Multiple NFL insiders debunk Brandon Aiyuk's claim about 49ers not wanting him

NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco (h/t 49ers Webzone), who has an excellent pulse on what's going on inside the Niners organization, quickly offered up his take on where things are at and why Aiyuk's claim can't be accurate:

"I obviously don't know for certain, but I would be absolutely shocked, and I would put a very low percentage on that being factual, that the 49ers, whoever it would be for the 49ers, telling Brandon Aiyuk that we don't want you back. I can't comprehend that they would say that.

And I would say there's no way they said that, especially when you think about [the fact that] they want him back for this year. There's no question about it. And I don't think there's any question he's going to be playing for the 49ers this season."

It's important to note San Francisco still has Aiyuk under contractual control for 2024 and could opt to apply the franchise tag on him in 2025, too.

There'd be hardly any logical reasons to trade Aiyuk right now, especially for a 49ers team aiming to win a Super Bowl now.

Taking things to the national level, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport supported Maiocco's statement, shifting focus to the proverbial elephant in the room, stalled extension talks.

"They like him. They really like him," Rapoport said. "They just have not been able to come together on a deal. So maybe that's kind of the feeling that Brandon Aiyuk was trying to give out."

Aiyuk's post might be nothing more than trying to squeeze out some leverage in a public manner, which isn't uncommon for players engaging in high-profile contract talks.

But, as far as the Niners not wanting him, it doesn't seem as if there's any truth to it.

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