49ers’ Jed York Addresses Future Brock Purdy Extension

The 49ers have a pressing financial matter in the form of wideout Brandon Aiyuk for this offseason. By this point next, year, however, quarterback Brock Purdy will be eligible for a new deal. The latter will be in line for a substantial raise given the nature of his first two years in the NFL.

Purdy took over for an injured Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo during the 2022 campaign, and he helped guide the team to the NFC title game. Despite the major elbow injury he suffered in that contest, the former ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ entered the 2023 season as San Francisco’s undisputed starter. His play during much of the year did not do anything to alter that moving forward.

The 24-year-old led the NFL in passer rating (113) as well as other categories in a stellar follow-up to his rookie success. Purdy earned a Pro Bowl nod and finished fourth in MVP voting, confirming his status as a franchise quarterback. The going rate for players who fit that bill has surged in recent years, something 49ers CEO Jed York is acutely aware of.

“When we signed Jimmy several years ago, it was the largest deal in the history of the NFL, for three minutes,” York said, via Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury NewsBut Jimmy was at [$27.5MM per year]. That’s what the market is and you have to accept the reality of the world. To me, the quarterback is the most important position not just in football, but all of sports, and those guys should be paid a lot of money.”

Four quarterbacks have reached the $50MM mark in terms of annual average value (all ascending passers who agreed to monster extensions last offseason). The likes of Trevor Lawrence and Dak Prescott are among those who could also reach that mark, and deals with either of those would add further to the lucrative environment the QB spot is currently in. Purdy – who has two years remaining on his rookie pact and is due $985K in 2024 – will have considerable bargaining power next offseason if he is able to remain a key figure in San Francisco’s offense.

Each of that unit’s other top contributors (Aiyuk, fellow receiver Deebo Samuel, left tackle Trent Williams, running back Christian McCaffrey and tight end George Kittle) are already on the books for at least one more season, though. Aiyuk will join the others in being a financial commitment in 2025 if an extension can be worked out. San Francisco’s cap situation will look much different if a Purdy extension is finalized, but well before that can take place York’s comments convey an awareness it will be a very pricey endeavor.

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