4 offseason moves the San Francisco 49ers need to make to return to the Super Bowl, including one All-Pro acquisition
For the second time in five seasons, the San Francisco 49ers’ season finished on another disappointing note against the Patrick Mahomes-led Kansas City Chiefs as they once again fell short of their sixth championship in Super Bowl LVIII.
Heading into the offseason, though, oddsmakers have already installed the 49ers, not the Chiefs, as the favorites to win Super Bowl LIX in New Orleans.
That’s because the San Francisco 49ers don’t face nearly as many significant question marks as the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason. Granted, the 49ers face some important decisions, but at the same time they are in position to return a star-studded roster with much less turnover.
Here are the four offseason moves the San Francisco 49ers should make in 2024.
Extend Brandon Aiyuk
Brandon Aiyuk cemented his place among the NFL’s elite receivers in 2023. Although he was a notable Pro Bowl snub, Aiyuk was selected to the NFL’s All-Pro second team for a season in which he led NFL receivers in yards per catch (17.9) and received Pro Football Focus’ second-highest grade (91.9) at receiver behind Tyreek Hill.
The 49ers have already picked up the fifth-year option on Aiyuk’s rookie contract, guaranteeing him $14.1 million in 2024. Coming off a career year, however, Aiyuk could be looking to paid among the top five receivers in the game.
With Aiyuk’s value skyrocketing, there have been rumblings that the 49ers might look to trade him rather than offering him a sizeable contract extension. If the 49ers decide to compensate him, Aiyuk could receive a contract in excess of $20 million per season when they already have another wideout, Deebo Samuel, making a base salary of $20.97 million in 2024.