49ers mailbag: Is Trent Williams’ contract also coming under spotlight?

SANTA CLARA – Three months until the 49ers’ season-opening affair with the New York Jets, so let’s g-e-t get to your questions in my first summertime mailbag:

Is it true Trent Williams is looking for a contract extension? (@itrofliw)

While the 49ers justifiably extended Christian McCaffrey last week, Williams’ contract seems more of a 2025 issue. ESPN reports there are “whispers around some in the industry” about a desire for an extension. Great, that would be a win-win for Williams and the 49ers to delay any retirement plans. His team-high cap figure ($31.6 million) could be lowered by converting salary into a signing bonus, for a third straight year.

Now think back to 2021 when he signed a market-setting contract (six years, $138.06 million). The cherry on top was a $32.2 million bonanza in 2026. Williams described it as “an incentive for me not to get complacent and say I’ve given the league 15 years and maybe hang it up. It keeps the fire burning on both sides. The first thing Kyle (Shanahan) said to me was, ‘Go get that sixth year.’ ” Williams became a three-time All-Pro who is now entering that contract’s fourth year. He seems happy, and although he didn’t address the media, he showed last week for mandatory minicamp, unlike …

Is Brandon coming back? (@alexm.06)

Is Brandon Aiyuk still gonna play with the Niners? (@562.jael)

Will we expect another Bosa-like deadline with Aiyuk? (@abbass_h820)

He’ll be back, but the angst over Aiyuk could last into August and beyond, if he’s forced to play out his rookie deal at half the market rate ($14.1 million). George Kittle (2020), Fred Warner (2021) and Deebo Samuel (2022) and Nick Bosa (2023) each got second contracts around camp or, in Bosa’s case, just before Week 1 kicked off. And they all got their deals after Year 3. Aiyuk is entering Year 5.

If Aiyuk signs a new deal, is Deebo effectively gone after this season? (@ericagnew)

It depends how Deebo Samuel plays in 2024. I don’t think he’d mind testing the hugely inflated market next year if the 49ers opt to cut ties for $9 million in cap savings. His presence is certainly impactful, but not as much as in 2021 and before Christian McCaffrey arrived. Samuel is so close with Shanahan it’s hard to envision that union ending this year. Ultimately it will. Perhaps in 2026.

Purdy over 4,500 passing yards? (@cashnchecks_)

No one has passed for more than 4,280 yards in a 49ers season – but Purdy is the one who set that record last year before sitting out the regular-season finale. He has an abundance of weapons, at least for one more season. His surgically repaired elbow looks stronger than ever, and, by now, Mr. Irrelevant’s capabilities should not be overlooked. Go for the 4.5K! Heck, make it 4.9K for Faithful numerologists.

How’s Brock looking? (@keagan_reas)

He just completed his first full offseason program as the 49ers’ starting quarterback, and he looked in full command. Deep-ball accuracy could use some work so there better be a rotation of …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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