NFL Teams That Could Trade for Brandon Aiyuk

Brandon Aiyuk


I’ve recently discussed possibilities for players to either sign or get traded to certain teams. This analysis has been all over the place, so I thought I’d move everything to one page.

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49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk says 49ers don’t want him back (June 18, 2024)
Brandon Aiyuk told Jayden Daniels in a TikTok video that the 49ers didn’t want him back. Aiyuk has been the subject of trade rumors during the entire offseason, so perhaps he’ll be dealt in the coming months.

Here are some teams that could trade for Aiyuk:

Washington Redskins: Aiyuk was talking to Daniels, so why not begin with the Redskins? Jahan Dotson was a huge disappointment in his second year, so if Washington believes that Dotson won’t meet expectations, it could acquire Aiyuk to give its rookie quarterback a great target to pair with Terry McLaurin. The Redskins have the third-most cap space in the NFL, so they can get a deal done with Aiyuk.

New England Patriots: No team has more cap space than the Patriots. And like the Redskins, New England has a rookie quarterback. Drake Maye doesn’t have very many options, so Aiyuk would be a colossal upgrade.

Detroit Lions: The Lions have the second-most cap space in the NFL. While their offense is explosive, they need to consider upgrading Jameson Williams, who has been a huge disappointment thus far.

Indianapolis Colts: There were rumors that the Colts were trying to trade for A.J. Brown and Jerry Jeudy this offseason. Nothing panned out, so the team spent a second-round pick on Adonai Mitchell. Indianapolis may believe that Mitchell is a year or two away from being productive, so trading for Aiyuk makes sense, especially when considering the $25 million available to them in cap space.

Dallas Cowboys: Jerry Jones is desperate for a Super Bowl. He also knows that Dak Prescott needs a wide receiver to throw to besides CeeDee Lamb. Brandin Cooks is a shell of his former self, so he should be upgraded.

Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers have stated that they’re considering acquiring a veteran receiver. Many assumed this would be via free agency, but a trade could be made for Aiyuk. Pittsburgh is in the middle of the pack as far as cap space is concerned.

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Broncos CB Patrick Surtain II rumored to be on trade block (June 17, 2024)
Chris Tomasson of the Denver Gazette reports that Patrick Surtain II is on the trade block. This makes sense, as Surtain is due for a huge contract soon, and the Broncos need to think about rebuilding their entire roster. Surtain is an incredibly talented cornerback, but is coming off a bit of a down year. However, he’s just 24, so he is likely to rebound with a dominant season.

Here are some teams that could trade for Surtain:

San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers know that they’ll probably have to beat Patrick Mahomes in the Super Bowl. Given that the Chiefs have added lots of receiving talent, the 49ers may believe that they’ll have to bolster their cornerback group, which is one of the weaker units on the team. The 49ers have the cap space to do this, as they have the sixth-most money available.

Philadelphia Eagles: You can never count out Howie Roseman when it comes to making a big splash. The Eagles addressed their cornerbacks this offseason, but still may feel as though they need to do more at the position. Philadelphia has the 11th-most cap space in the league.

Green Bay Packers: The Packers dealt Rasul Douglas at the 2023 trade deadline. They must regret that, as they have a big hole across from Jaire Alexander, who doesn’t have the best injury history. Green Bay has the money to make this move, owning the eighth-most cap space in the NFL.

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars were expected to upgrade their secondary this offseason, but didn’t do so outside of Darnell Savage. There is so much more receiving talent in the AFC South, so Jacksonville, with the seventh-most cap space, should consider acquiring Surtain.

Indianapolis Colts: The Colts were expected to draft a cornerback in April, but changed plans when Laiatu Latu was available at No. 15. Indianapolis, possessing the 10th-most cap space, can upgrade its cornerbacks this way.

Houston Texans: Houston is right in the middle of the pack as far as cap space is concerned. The team is currently likely to start second-round rookie Kamari Lassiter across from Derek Stingley Jr., so it may feel as though it needs to improve in this area, given the terrific pass defenses it’ll have to overcome to win the Super Bowl.

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