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49ers pick up former ASU WR Brandon Aiyuk’s fifth-year option

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Former 2020 first-round pick from ASU, Brandon Aiyuk, got his fifth-year option picked up by the San Francisco 49ers for the 2024 season today ahead of the second and third rounds of the NFL Draft. 

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The 49ers indicated last month that they wanted to pick up the option on the wide receiver. Aiyuk will now make $14.12 million in 2024. Anyone drafted in the first round of the draft gets a fifth-year team option, and Justin Herbert and AJ Terrell were other names to get the option picked up today. 

Last year, the Patriots declined former ASU WR N’Keal Harry’s fifth-year option. Harry was drafted in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The Bears acquired Harry later last offseason in a trade for a seventh-round pick.

49ers’ GM John Lynch said earlier this week that he wants to keep the former ASU star this year and beyond. This move is one step closer to that goal. 

49ers want to keep former ASU WR Brandon Aiyuk long term

An excerpt from this earlier article:

“Aiyuk, now 25 years old, has been the subject of some recent trade talks, as the 49ers recently signed Deebo Samuel to a long-term deal and have Nick Bosa in the last year of his rookie contract.

The 49ers drafted Aiyuk in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of Arizona State. In his three seasons with San Francisco, Aiyuk has recorded 194 receptions for 2,589 yards and 18 touchdowns. He has also scored two touchdowns on the ground.

Aiyuk had his best regular season last year for the 13-4 49ers, tallying a career-high 78 receptions, 1,015 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.

Aiyuk came to the Sun Devils in 2018 from junior college. In his two seasons at ASU, he had 98 receptions, 1,666 yards and 11 touchdowns. He broke out his senior year to lead to him becoming a first round selection.

This is the full quote from Lynch:

“We’re trying to do something special this year, and Brandon is going to be a big part of that and beyond as well. And so, yes, you always have to think out a few years, but we’re really excited about Brandon, feel like he made another big step (last) year, and I think the best is yet to come, and so we want him being a part of it. And at some point, yeah, you have to figure things out, and I guess we’ll take that as it comes. But as of right now and into the future, we’re really excited about Brandon Ayuk and where he’s at as a pro, the work he’s done to develop as a pro and become one of our core players here.”

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Brendan Mau is a college sports insider and general assignment reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on twitter via @Brendan_Mau

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