NFL QBs have made the news all offseason, both from signing new multi-year extensions and by being in negotiations with their teams. This is a topic of serious interest in the NFL because every time a new contract is signed, the QB market is reset. Therefore, it benefits every team to get their franchise QB under contract as quickly as possible to lock in their salary for the future. The 49ers have an interesting strategy they could deploy with Brock Purdy.

Purdy has proven that he is the guy in San Francisco. The 49ers had struggled to find a franchise QB after Colin Kaepernick until selecting Purdy with the last pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. However, he hasn't been the subject of contract negotiation talks. There is a good reason for that.

As PFT's Mike Florio points out, the 49ers cannot give Purdy a new contract until he has completed his third season in the league per the 2011 CBA. Specifically, the regular season. Therefore, Purdy and the 49ers could agree to a contract extension as early as the beginning of the 2024 playoffs.

This could make sense for both parties. Purdy will only play on a $0.96 million contract in 2024 and should be looking forward to a big payday. This strategy would insulate Purdy's negotiations from any possible postseason injuries. From the 49ers perspective, they want to lock in their future QB as soon as they can. This will reduce the cost compared to waiting, and it would provide the 49ers with a clearer picture of their long-term salary cap. Such knowledge could aid in determining contract extensions for other players.

It will be interesting to see if Purdy and the 49ers decide to take this approach next January.

Trade rumors heat up again surrounding 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk after viral TikTok

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk (11) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Commanders during the second half at FedExField.
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Brandon Aiyuk trade rumors have circulated in the media throughout the summer. The rumor mill lurched back into action yesterday after Aiyuk posted a viral TikTok that appears to relate to the ongoing situation.

In the video, Aiyuk is video calling with former Arizona State teammate Jayden Daniels, who is now the QB of the Washington Commanders. Aiyuk says “They said they don't want me back… I swear,” presumably about the trade situation with the 49ers.

The video has caused fans to speculate that Aiyuk would like to join Daniels in Washington.

Deebo Samuel recently spoke with ESPN and gave his teammate some advice about his contract situation.

“At the end of the day, you want to get what you deserve, and you hope it happens,” Deebo Samuel said, via ESPN. “But it's not going to happen in the timely manner that you want it to happen. It's just a waiting game, and in this situation, you just let his agent communicate with them and they communicate back and it's just the back and forth for a long time.”

The price tag may be keeping the 49ers from extending Brandon Aiyuk. The 49ers have several high-priced players on the roster and could be hesitant to sign Aiyuk to a long-term contract when they spent a first-round pick on Ricky Pearsall in the 2024 NFL Draft.

It will be interesting to see how this situation develops throughout the summer. The 49ers probably don't want this storyline to continue into the regular season, lest they risk an off-the-field distraction.