The San Francisco 49ers are reloading their roster after advancing to Super Bowl 58. Most notably, San Francisco has an important Brandon Aiyuk contract decision to make. Aiyuk is seeking an extension during the 2024 offseason, and his negotiation tactics are spilling into the 49ers' early summer team activities.

Brandon Aiyuk was not present for the 49ers' organized team activities (OTA's) on Tuesday, per NBC Sports. Aiyuk's absence was to be expected. Players in Aiyuk's circumstances have used the tactic of holding out on certain team activities until they move towards an agreement.

Aiyuk is not expected at any of the voluntary team activities. It is unknown whether he will show up for the mandatory minicamp to avoid some of the $100,000 he could incur from fines. If Brandon Aiyuk does not get an extension, he is scheduled to play on his fifth-year option worth $14.1 million fully guaranteed.

Hopefully, the 49ers and Aiyuk can agree to a new deal. The talented WR has been a huge part of SF's success.

Why the 49ers should extend Brandon Aiyuk's contract

San Francisco drafted Aiyuk with the 25th pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The former Arizona State standout had a promising start to his professional career. He amassed 748 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games during his rookie year.

He nearly replicated his production the following season before breaking out in 2022-23. Aiyuk pulled 1,015 yards and eight TDs on 78 receptions in 17 games, but he did not stop there. The 26-year-old comes off a 2023-24 season where he totaled a career-high 1,342 yards (ranked seventh in the league) along with seven TDs in 16 games.

Aiyuk has steadily improved during his four years in the NFL, and his trajectory has him taking another jump in the Fall of 2024. He is on the cusp of earning his first Pro Bowl and possibly All-Pro honor. Moreover, he helped lead San Francisco to a Super Bowl 58 runner-up finish.

Therefore, the 49ers should move swiftly to keep him on the books. Continuing to pair Aiyuk with the offensive forces of Brock Purdy and Christian McCaffrey further propels SF's chances of a future championship.

Their 2023-24 endeavor ended in a 25-22 loss to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. Nevertheless, the 49ers have what it takes to get over the hump in 2024-25.

49ers attempt to get back to the top of the league

San Francisco finished the 2023-24 season with a 12-5 record and is the top team in the NFC West. SF faced steep challenges in the first two rounds of the 2024 playoffs. They overcame the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions to advance to Super Bowl 58.

The 49ers are looking for revenge after their tough loss to the Chiefs. With the stout offensive and defensive contributors returning though, SF is in good hands. The team is one piece away from another championship.

If San Francisco can keep building chemistry, they should be able to maintain their status toward the top of the league in 2024-25. It will be interesting to see how the team handles the rest of the offseason.