49ers sign Matt Pryor, expect to use option on Brandon Aiyuk

San Francisco 49ers’ Brandon Aiyuk (11) runs against Indianapolis Colts’ Ashton Dulin during an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

The 49ers continue to stockpile offensive linemen. On Monday the team announced they have signed OL Matt Pryor to a one-year deal. 

Pryor was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Throughout his five-year NFL career with the Eagles (2018-20) and Indianapolis Colts (2021-22), he has appeared in 60 regular season games, making 24 regular season starts and one in the postseason.

A versatile player, Pryor gives the 49ers another veteran option along the right side of the offensive line where Spencer Burford and Colton McKivitz are penciled in as starters. He has played over 630 snaps at right tackle and right guard in his career.

“Colton is the guy right now,” said John Lynch on Monday morning at the NFL owners meeting. “We just signed Matt Pryor, a guy who has started some games in this league, but we like Colton. We have for a long time. His confidence, that game he filled in for Trent Williams, went in there and did a really good job as a left tackle, he has been a good swing tackle — Colton is a good player. He’ll get a crack at that job. There will be a competition, but we’re excited about him being able to man that job.”

San Francisco likely isn’t done working on its offensive front. Look for the 49ers to add another player to the competition through the draft next month.

Brandon Aiyuk update

San Francisco General Manager John Lynch said Monday the team plans to exercise Brandon Aiyuk’s fifth-year option.

The 49ers have until May 1 to make the move official. Exercising the fifth-year option would pay the receiver $14.12 million in 2024.

Aiyuk is coming off a 2022 season that saw him lead the 49ers in catches (78) and receiving yards (1,015). He scored eight receiving touchdowns, second only to George Kittle.

Several teams have reached out to the 49ers recently to gauge the possibility of acquiring the wideout.

“It’s interesting when you’re at these league functions,” Lynch said. “Ownership meetings, combine. A lot of people ask about him. They really appreciate his game. And they see it ascending.”

Offseason moves

Below is the updated 49ers free agency tracker and depth chart. These will continue to be updated as moves are made, and contracts become official so check in daily.


DT Javon Hargrave (Eagles: Four years, $84 million, $40 million guaranteed at signing)

QB Sam Darnold (Panthers: One-year, $4.5 million. Potential for up to $11.5 million with incentives)

DL Clelin Ferrell (Raiders: One-year, $2.5 million, $1.82 million guaranteed at signing)

DB Isaiah Oliver (Falcons: Two years, $6.65 million, $2.91 guaranteed at signing)

DB Myles Hartsfield (Panthers: One year, $1.01 million)

OL Jon Feliciano (Giants: One year, $2.25 million, contract is fully guaranteed)

DE Austin Bryant (Lions: One year, $1.105 million)

K Zane Gonzalez (Panthers: Trade, conditional 2025 draft pick)

OL Matt Pryor (Colts: one year, terms not disclosed)


TE Ross Dwelley (One-year, $1.7 million)

LB Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles (One-year, $1.835 million, $1.25 million fully guaranteed)

DL T.Y. McGill (One-year, $1.165 million)

Jake Brendel (Four years, $8 million guaranteed, max value of $20 million)

S Tashaun Gipson (One-year, $2.9 million)

OL Colton McKivitz (Two years, $4.56 million, $2.87 million guaranteed, $1.87 million guaranteed at signing)

DL Kevin Givens (One-year, $2 million, fully guaranteed)

LS Taybor Pepper (Three years, $3.96 million, $1.5 million fully guaranteed)


QB Jimmy Garoppolo (Raiders: Three years, $72.75 million, $33.75 guaranteed at signing)

OT Mike McGlinchey (Broncos: Five-years, $87.5 million, $17.5 million signing bonus, $52.5 million guaranteed)

DT Hassan Ridgeway (Texans: One-year, up to $4 million, $3 million guaranteed at signing)

FS Jimmie Ward (Texans: Two years, $13 million, $8.5 million fully guaranteed at signing)

CB Emmanuel Moseley (Lions: One-year, $6 million)

LB Azeez Al-Shaair (Titans: One year, worth up to $6 million, $4.25 million guaranteed)

DE Samson Ebukam (Colts: Three years, $24 million with $10.755 guaranteed)

OL Daniel Brunskill (Titans: Two years, $5.5 million with $1.5 million guaranteed)

DE Charles Omenihu (Chiefs: Two years, $20 million, $8.6 million guaranteed)

S Tarvarius Moore (Packers: one year, $1.13 million)

DT Maurice Hurst (Browns: one year, $1.08 million)

DE Jordan Willis (Raiders: one year, $1,156,250)

Pending Free Agents

K Robbie Gould

DE Kerry Hyder

TE Tyler Kroft

QB Josh Johnson

CB Jason Verrett

Depth Chart

Here is how I see the 49ers depth chart at this time. I will update this throughout the offseason and training camp. Players with new contracts will be in bold.

Offense Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4
Quarterback Brock Purdy Trey Lance Sam Darnold
Running Back Christian McCaffrey Elijah Mitchell Jordan Mason Ty Davis-Price
Fullback Kyle Juszczyk
LWR Brandon Aiyuk Danny Gray
RWR Deebo Samuel Jauan Jennings Ray-Ray McCloud
TE George Kittle Charlie Woerner Ross Dwelley
Left Tackle Trent Williams Jaylon Moore
Left Guard Aaron Banks
Center Jake Brendel Nick Zakelj
Right Guard Spencer Burford Jon Feliciano
Right Tackle Colton McKivitz Matt Pryor


Defense Player 1 Player 2 Player 3
LDE Drake Jackson Clelin Ferrell
LDT Javon Hargrave Javon Kinlaw T.Y. McGill
RDT Arik Armstead Kevin Givens Kalia Davis
RDE Nick Bosa Austin Bryant
WLB Dre Greenlaw Oren Burks
MLB Fred Warner Marcelino McCray-Ball
SLB Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles
LCB Deommodore Lenoir Ambry Thomas
SS Talanoa Hufanga Myles Hartsfield
FS Tashaun Gipson George Odum
RCB Charvarius Ward
NB Isaiah Oliver Samuel Womack


Special Teams Player 1
Kicker Zane Gonzalez
Punter Mitch Wishnowsky
Long Snapper  


Taybor Pepper



Alfredo Gutierrez (OL) Curtis Robinson (LB) Alex Barrett (DE) Jason Poe (OL) A.J. Parker (CB)
Qwuantrezz Knight (DB) Tayler Hawkins (S) Keith Ismael (OC) Leroy Watson (OL) Tay Martin (WR)
Dazz Newsome (WR) Tyron Johnson (WR) Tre Swilling (CB)

This article has 12 Comments

  1. Pryor is an average sort of player. But he could be valuable as a backup at guard or tackle. Did not cost much. Any change we can deal for QB Cousins? He is Kyle’s dream.

  2. I’d be ok with an Aiyuk trade if it gets the 49ers a late 1st or early 2nd rd pick and another pick on day 3.

    I like Aiyuk, but I believe that he’ll always be a #2 WR which imo, can be replaced. Aiyuk is a lower replica of Deebo, that hasn’t been the deep threat Shanahan was looking for when he was drafted.

    If we could get in position to draft a blue chip RT or Edge on day one, I’m down!

    1. Allie,
      After today’s presser it seems like JL and likely KS are totally sold on Purdy.

  3. AES,
    I really think if given the chance Aiyuk could become a top 5 receiver in the game. I think the 9ers could get far more for Deebo in a trade than Aiyuk and at the same time save a lot of cap space. I think that CMC and Ray-Ray can fill most of Deebo’s gadget plays, while Mason and Mitchell could take many of CMC’s carries. I think the 9ers could possibly get a top 15 first round pick and a 2nd round pick they could use on a WR for Deebo. We just have to have faith in the 9ers FO to use those picks wisely. Then again who knows whether any other teams out there are targeting Deebo. imho

    1. Coach,
      Except for CMC, we don’t know for sure if the players you listed can compensate for the loss of Deebo.

      We already know what we have in Deebo, and I will venture that every opponent has to give Samuel greater attention than AB. Aiyuk recently tweeted that he led the 49ers in receptions and yards.

      This is only my opinion, but that came off as player who feels he hasn’t received the recognition he deserves.
      Some players that take this attitude will become disgruntled and unhappy employees. Not trying to say that this is Aiyuk’s position, but perhaps Lynch will monitor this going forward.

      1. They extended him today which gives him a nice raise. I think both parties are happy now. One reason I like Aiyuk better than Deebo is he stays in shape. Deebo’s conditioning seems to fluctuate.

        1. I hadn’t heard until now regarding Aiyuk’s extention. This certainly affirms BA’s importance on the 49ers.
          Good for him.

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  5. Great thanks for the information contained in this case. I think the 9ers could possibly get a top 15 first round pick and a 2nd round pick they could use on a WR for Deebo. We just have to have faith in the 9ers FO to use those picks wisely.

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