Brandon Aiyuk Unfollows 49ers on Social Media

I'm sure Brandon Aiyuk is making the 49ers extremely nervous after he unfollowed the 49ers on Instagram as contract negotiations loom.
Feb 5, 2024; Las Vegas, NV, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk (11) talks to the
Feb 5, 2024; Las Vegas, NV, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk (11) talks to the / Lucas Peltier-USA TODAY Sports
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Is it time to freak out?

All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk has unfollowed the San Francisco 49ers on Instagram. This is a message to the 49ers with contract negotiations up in the air between the two sides.

Aiyuk is due for a lucrative extension, but will most likely not have any serious traction made until at least another few months. That is just how the 49ers operate for whatever reason. I'm sure unfollowing the 49ers will really make them scared with negotiations.

Or, it is simply Aiyuk knowing people are watching his social media and wants to create a buzz. Aiyuk has already admitted before that he likes to have fun on social media by creating a stir. That is what led him to send a tweet in regards to Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin when it was "rumored" that Aiyuk being traded to the Steelers as a possibility.

For whatever reason, NFL players LOVE to unfollow their teams on social media when they are due for a contract extension. It has been a weird trend for the last several years, and every time these players get asked about it they just give vanilla answers about "social media cleansing" or whatever hilarious excuse they have.

The reality is these players know fans are going to be up in arms. Nothing, absolutely nothing conducted on social media will have a sliver of an impact on getting contract negotiations moving. It is all a farce to mess and troll with people, which just goes to show what the NFL offseason has turned into.

Don't fall for the trap and be patient.

Jose Luis Sanchez III


Jose Luis Sanchez III has covered the San Francisco 49ers daily for FanNation since 2019. He started off as the lead publisher for FanNation's All49ers, then switched positions to become the Deputy Editor in 2020. Sanchez writes, edits, and produces videos daily for All49ers. He also co-hosts a show on YouTube with All49ers lead publisher Grant Cohn weekly. Prior to FanNation, Sanchez started his writing career back in 2016 for the school newspaper at Skyline college where he covered all sports team in the Bay Area. Following that from 2017 to 2019, he found a role as a contributor for FanSided's news desk along with their site's Just Blog Baby covering the Las Vegas Raiders and Golden Gate Sports every professional Bay Area sports team. Atop all of that, he was able to graduate with a Bachelors degree in Communication Studies at San Francisco State University in 2020. Sanchez is committed to ensuring he delivers transparent analysis and straightforward opinions that resonates with readers to get them thinking.