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Brandon Aiyuk frustrated that details of 49ers contract offer have leaked – NBC Sports Bay Area & California

Since John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan arrived in Santa Clara, the 49ers have prevented any information from leaking out.

That was the case until recently.

Earlier this month, Mike Silver of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the team had offered Brandon Aiyuk a contract extension with an annual salary of about $26 million. The second-team All-Pro recently appeared on The Pivot Podcast and talked about his feelings about the details being released.

“It’s a little frustrating, especially when we get into details like that,” Aiyuk said. “When we give exact numbers in negotiations, those are conversations between the team and my team. We’re trying to work through things, work through a lot of things.”

“The fact that actual numbers and things like that are now coming to light is, in my opinion, a bit disrespectful, a bit unfair to me, but that’s part of it. That’s part of it.”

Aiyuk was frustrated enough to want to tell his side of the story, but it’s likely that both Lynch and Shanahan were equally frustrated when the information became public. The organization prided itself on successfully quelling the leaks it was known for in all negotiations before taking the reins in 2017.

“It is what it is,” Aiyuk said. “It’s a dirty game. It’s a dirty game, and that’s why I feel like social media is a way for me and my team to put myself and what I’m trying to accomplish out there, because that’s how we get the message out there. That’s how we get the facts out there. And facts are facts. So when I get the facts out there.”

The two teams have been at an impasse since the end of the season, prompting Aiyuk to skip mandatory minicamp despite the former first-round pick accumulating fines of over $100,000.

Last week, Aiyuk seemed ready to move on and took the initiative to set up a meeting with Lynch and Shanahan at team headquarters. The wide receiver reported on social media that the meeting went well and the two sides would be back together soon.

On Friday, Aiyuk filmed himself driving into the parking lot of the team’s facility, but there was no word on whether or not the two sides are closer to reaching an agreement.

“Throughout the process, there were moments where we were very close,” Aiyuk said. “I felt like I was telling people, ‘Hey, let me get my suit ready. I’m ready. I’m going to take it back to the Bay. I need to sign this contract right now.’

“Then there are days and times, like in the last month or so, where you could say, yeah, we’re pretty far apart.”

A second meeting would be a positive sign for both sides, but in order to remain at an acceptable level, both Aiyuk and the team must keep the exact salary details secret.

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