Nick Bosa poised to become NFL’s highest-paid defensive player in potential 49ers deal

Several trade rumors of the San Francisco 49ers veteran Nick Bosa have been circulating for the past few days. However, the team’s general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan smashed all those rumors by clarifying their intention of not trading the defensive end anytime soon.

Bosa’s upset continued during preseason as he missed San Francisco’s mandatory minicamp and even stayed out of the squad during their preseason game against the Las Vegas Raiders. Meanwhile, some recent developments signal the end of the contract dispute between Shanahan’s team and his footballer

49ers and Nick Bosa work toward a lucrative contract extension

According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, the 49ers are trying every possible way to secure Bosa for a long time by making him the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL.

“People I talk to believe that he’ll be the highest-paid defensive player in the league, above Aaron Donald’s $31-plus million, if they can get this to the finish line. The Niners would like to push this through before Week 1, but not a slam dunk, a deal of this magnitude has a lot of nuance to it that they have to shake out with the structure, the guarantees, all of that.”

Before Fowler, Albert Bree of Sports Illustrated wrote the 25-year-old star and San Francisco are “less than $4 million per year” apart in their contract negotiations.

“We can start with Nick Bosa, who isn’t going anywhere for a long time. The question is whether he’s going to be the highest-paid non-quarterback of all time—he’ll be the highest-paid edge rusher. The difference between the two distinctions is less than $4 million per year, and the Niners and Bosa’s people have been trying to bridge that gap for a while now.”

The 49ers vet overshadowed other pass-rushers in the NFL by recording 34 sacks, 40 tackles for loss along with 80 quarterback hits throughout the past two seasons. He has also earned the title of Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2019 as well as the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2022, and hence, he deserves a whopping deal more than most other players on the roster.

How much is Bosa getting paid in the current contract?

After being selected by the 49ers as the second overall pick during the 2019 NFL Draft, Bosa signed a fully guaranteed 4-year, $33.5 million deal with the team, including a $22.5 signing bonus, and an average annual salary of $8.4 million.

In 2022, the 6 feet 4 inches and 266 pounder star earned a base salary of $8.95 million while carrying a cap hit of $10.8 million. Heading to the fifth year of his deal in 2023, he is set to earn $17.9 million in base salary and expects the franchise to make him the highest-paid non-quarterback of all time.

Nick Bosa

To make their defensive weapon content, San Francisco will have to surpass the annual average value of Los Angeles Rams Aaron Donald’s $31.67 million deal or the fully guaranteed amount of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ T.J. Watt’s $80 million deal. Meanwhile, Joey Bosa, Nick’s older brother, holds the record for all defenders in practically guaranteed money ($102 million).

The 49ers will face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers in their Week 1 game on Sept. 10. Meanwhile, Bosa’s presence in the match remains a question mark. Do you think that the team is inviting struggles for them by lingering the contract extension? Drop your thoughts in the comment section.


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