In the wake of the 49ers' loss in Super Bowl 58, Brandon Aiyuk's closest friends certainly didn't ease the pain of Niners fan with cryptic social media posts.
Combing through the San Francisco 49ers' stats from Super Bowl 58, it might be a bit shocking to see just how small an impact head coach Kyle Shanahan's top pass-catchers had over the course of the game.
While No. 3 wide receiver Jauan Jennings was a major X-factor, both passing and receiving a touchdown in the Niners' 25-22 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, other top weapons carried a notably less-significant impact:
- WR Deebo Samuel: 11 targets, 3 catches, 33 yards
- TE George Kittle: 3 targets, 2 receptions, 4 yards
- WR Brandon Aiyuk: 6 targets, 3 receptions, 49 yards
Now, a lot of this shouldn't be surprising against what was arguably the No. 1 secondary in the NFL this season.
However, the fact that San Francisco's one-two-three punch of Samuel, Kittle and Aiyuk did so little relative damage is nevertheless shocking.
Including a shock to Aiyuk's best friend, Draysean Hudson, as well as the wide receiver's girlfriend.
Brandon Aiyuk's inner circle posts cryptic messages about his future with 49ers
Merely hours after the conclusion of the Super Bowl, two of those closest to the Super Bowl had things to say about his future.
None of which is promising, at least for the 49ers.
Hudson, as shared by 49ers Webzone's Wayne Breezie, hinted that Aiyuk wouldn't return to the Niners after being a sparsely used weapon during the big game:
"This is the exact reason why we leaving San Francisco," the Instagram post said. "Thank you 49ers for drafting my brother we are forever grateful. BA to Vegas."
Almost in tandem with that post, Aiyuk's girlfriend, Rochelle Searight, posted a video on TikTok that also suggested Aiyuk's time with the Niners was coming to a close:
"This might have been the last day we touched foot on Levi’s Stadium," she said. "Because we might not be out here next season.”
Aiyuk, drafted in Round 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft, is entering the fully guaranteed fifth-year option of his rookie contract but is also eligible for what promises to be a sizable contract extension this offseason.
Perhaps all of this is nothing more than just the ploy from Aiyuk's side to twist San Francisco's arm a bit more in negotiations.
Or, potentially, Aiyuk is truly unhappy and wants a change of scenery in 2024 and beyond.