49ers reported asking price in Brandon Ayiuk trade was totally out of control


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There were some rumblings that the Jacksonville Jaguars might be interested in acquiring Brandon Aiyuk in a trade this offseason. The deal never happened and now we might know why it didn't.

According to Mia O'Brien of 1010XL, the San Francisco 49ers' asking price for a Aiyuk trade was steep. They wanted the Jags' first-round pick (17th overall) and Zay Jones in the deal. As she also noted, the Jaguars then would have had to pay Aiyuk after acquiring him so it would have been an expensive trade, to say the least.

Losing Jones wouldn't have been that big of a loss since he had just over 300 yards and two touchdowns a season ago. The first-round pick paired with an expensive contract for Aiyuk is more likely what scared Jacksonville off here.

The Jaguars didn't trade for Brandon Aiyuk because the asking price was too much.

The Jags' current wide receiver room consists of Jones, Christian Kirk, and Gabe Davis, who they signed in free agency. Jacksonville wasn't able to retain Calvin Ridley, who went on to sign with the AFC South rival Titans. Adding Aiyuk would have given Trevor Lawrence one heck of a weapon to throw to but sending a first-round pick in exchange for him wasn't worth it.

As of this writing, Aiyuk is still a member of the 49ers and had over 1,300 receiving yards and seven touchdowns during the 2023 season.

Would Aiyuk have done well in a Jaguars uniform? More than likely, yes. At the end of the day, however, the front office clearly decided that parting with their first-round pick and Jones to get him was too rich for their blood.

Now we know why it didn't happen, assuming these rumors are true, of course.