San Francisco 49ers News, March 4: Brandon Aiyuk Trade Bait, Nick Sorensen Promoted, and More

Here's the latest news involving the San Francisco 49ers, including Brandon Aiyuk's availability in a trade and San Fran hiring the former Chargers head coach.

As the 2024 NFL Combine wraps up, the San Francisco 49ers are faced with a huge question at wide receiver. After signing Deebo Samuel to a massive contract extension in 2022, what is San Francisco going to do with Brandon Aiyuk this offseason?

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While the 49ers might be feeling some buyer’s remorse with Samuel, they must make a decision on Aiyuk soon. If they can’t reach an agreement on a contract extension with Aiyuk, San Francisco might be forced to trade their rising star WR. All of that and more in today’s 49ers news!

NFL Trade Rumors: Brandon Aiyuk Could Be Available if No Contract Extension With 49ers

The NFL‘s wide receiver market is going to skyrocket this offseason as several young wide receivers are set to sign massive contract extensions. As the 49ers move forward, they need to make a critical decision regarding Aiyuk’s status in San Francisco.

It won’t be an easy one, considering that the 49ers already have significant money committed to other skill-position players such as Christian McCaffrey, Samuel, and George Kittle. If San Francisco is unable to strike a deal with Aiyuk, he could be on the move.

CONTINUE READING: Brandon Aiyuk’s Trade Availability

49ers Set To Elevate Nick Sorensen to DC, Hire Brandon Staley to Staff

Following a lengthy search for their next defensive coordinator, the 49ers decided to promote Nick Sorensen from within to fill the void. Sorensen was formerly San Francisco’s defensive pass game specialist and nickel cornerbacks coach.

However, that wasn’t the only move that the 49ers made on their coaching staff. They also hired former Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley as the team’s assistant head coach. Given Sorensen’s inexperience calling plays in the NFL, Staley will offer much-needed assistance given his time as both a defensive coordinator and head coach.

READ MORE: Brandon Staley’s Role With the San Francisco 49ers

Who Is Sorensen? 49ers Promote Internally for DC Position

During the 49ers’ thorough search for their next defensive coordinator, they interviewed several experienced candidates, including a reported attempt to hire Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo away from the Super Bowl champions.

Despite all of the veteran candidates that they interviewed for their vacancy, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan decided to promote Sorensen from within. How did Sorensen earn the promotion in just his third year in San Francisco?

KEEP READING: Nick Sorensen’s Rise to Defensive Coordinator

Tony Catalina’s 2024 NFL Mock Draft: Vikings Trade Up to No. 3, Titans Take Malik Nabers, and Patriots Take Rome Odunze

Following their loss in Super Bowl 58, the San Francisco 49ers will be in surprisingly good shape heading into the 2024 NFL Draft. San Francisco isn’t at risk of losing many starters in free agency, although the 49ers could certainly use additional help along the offensive line.

Pro Football Network’s Tony Catalina has the 49ers sticking with the 31st overall pick in his latest mock draft and addressing the trenches. Given the depth of the offensive linemen group in the 2024 NFL Draft, San Francisco lands an impressive athlete with a ton of upside in Catalina’s latest mock draft.

READ MORE: San Francisco 49ers Add OL Help in Mock Draft

49ers Held Formal Interviews With Multiple O-Line Prospects

49ers starting LT Trent Williams is 35 years old and has three seasons remaining on his current contract. Although the veteran has shown no signs of slowing down and continues to perform at an elite level, San Francisco must consider selecting his eventual replacement in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Given the struggles of starting RT Colton McKivitz, the 49ers can select an offensive tackle to start in place of him now and eventually replace Williams at left tackle. According to Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area, San Francisco had formal meetings with several of the top offensive line prospects at the 2024 NFL Combine.

CONTINUE READING: 49ers Meet With Top OL Prospects

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