San Francisco 49ers News, April 19: Brandon Aiyuk’s Agent Rebuffs Trade Rumor, Anquan Boldin Trains Luke McCaffrey, and More

Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin trained Luke McCaffrey this offseason. All of that and more in the latest 49ers news.

A former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver trained the brother of their superstar running back this offseason. The commonality that the former San Francisco wideout had with his trainee: they both formerly played quarterback.

That and more in today’s 49ers news!

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Anquan Boldin Trains Luke McCaffrey

Anquan Boldin played for the 49ers from 2013-2015, catching 237 passes for 3,030 yards and 16 touchdowns. He was a high school standout quarterback before moving to wide receiver at Florida State. Now, the 43-year-old is training with former college QB turned receiver, Luke McCaffrey — the brother of Christian McCaffrey.

Boldin spoke with The Athletic’s Matt Barrows on training the younger McCaffrey brother.

“He just wanted to learn,” Boldin said. “A lot of guys, especially with his background, would have the attitude that, ‘You can’t tell me anything; I know it all.’ He was the complete opposite. He was the guy who sought me out, the guy who asked a lot of questions. He was the guy who was always looking for more, even when the session was over.”

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Brandon Aiyuk’s Agent Rebuffs Trade Rumor

Chat Sports’ Chase Senior posted a video where he explained that the Pittsburgh Steelers were “aggressively pursuing” a trade for 49ers receiver Brandon Aiyuk and “would be ‘surprised'” if it didn’t happen for the 20th overall selection.

Aiyuk’s agent, Ryan Williams, rebuffed the statement in a post on X.

“Another ‘report’ that couldn’t be more incorrect. Fictional ‘journalism’ should really stop,” Williams wrote.

Aiyuk is listed as one of the most likely players to get traded during draft day by Pro Football Network’s Dallas Robinson.

“While Brandon Aiyuk has been an oft-mentioned trade candidate, the 49ers might be better off extending him and trading fellow WR Deebo Samuel,” Robinson wrote.

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49ers Pick an Edge Rusher in Recent PFN Mock

As for draft day, the 49ers have some different options. They could continue to give quarterback Brock Purdy some protection or flank him with receivers.

Pro Football Network’s Josiah Caswell has mocked Missouri edge rusher Darius Robinson to San Francisco with the No. 31 pick in this year’s NFL Draft.

“Similar to the Ravens, the 49ers love pass rushers and players in the trenches,” Caswell wrote. “With them losing Chase Young, Arik Armstead, and others, they need a new player to fill in. That’s where Darius Robinson comes in.”

“I think the 49ers could fall in love with Robinson because of his traits and how much of a chess piece he could become.”

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49ers Innovators on Returning to Classic Uniforms

The Detroit Lions, New York Jets, and Arizona Cardinals have simplified their uniforms in recent offseasons. One noticeable difference is the Jets and Lions’ propensity for using throwback elements — New York to the 1980s uniforms and Detroit harkening back to the 1990s.

In the case of the 49ers, they know a little something about changing back into a classic look. Despite the team’s uniforms of the 1990s being different, with white pants and red jerseys with a black outline of the numbers, San Francisco went back to the classic red jerseys and gold pants.

49ers Wire writer Kyle Madson wrote about the changes.

“That’s a key reason their red and white alternates that are a reproduction of the throwbacks they wore in 1994 when they rocked a version of their 1955 uniforms,” Madson wrote. “First, they look incredible. But there’s also a ton of nostalgia for the mid-90s and there’s a simplicity that makes them timeless.

“The 49ers organization saved itself a lot of angst by avoiding the pitfalls of trying to innovate after their shift in the late-90s. They went right back to what works after a decade. Now other teams are following suit and the NFL will be better (at least aesthetically) for it.”

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