The 49ers have signed Nick Bosa to a record-breaking contract extension, making him the highest-paid non-quarterback in the NFL. Find out what it means for the team and the league.
The San Francisco 49ers have made a statement by securing the services of their standout end Nick Bosa through a contract extension worth $170 million over five years. This deal positions Bosa as the earning non-quarterback in NFL history. The contract details were reported by sources such as ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Networks Ian Rapoport revealing that $122.5 million is guaranteed, resulting in an annual salary of $34 million.
Ever since being chosen as the pick in the 2019 NFL draft Bosa has displayed exceptional prowess on defense for the 49ers. He immediately made an impact during his rookie season. Was honored with the AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award in 2019. Building on that success he had a performance in 2020 leading all players with a tally of 18.5 sacks and earning recognition as the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year. His contributions were instrumental in helping guide the 49ers to Super Bowl LIV although they fell short against opponents the Kansas City Chiefs. Bosa possesses not pass rushing abilities but also demonstrates versatility and disruption across various defensive schemes and positions. He possesses speed, strength, technique, and instincts that enable him to outmaneuver blockers and make plays in the backfield. Additionally, he is a competitor who never gives up on a play and consistently displays a level of energy.
In order to ensure Bosa’s participation in Week 1 the 49ers had to address his contract situation. Bosa had been holding out from training camp and preseason games due to his dissatisfaction with his rookie deal. His previous four-year contract worth $33.6 million meant that he would earn $14.2 million in the year, which was significantly lower than his market value. Fortunately, the 49ers were able to reach an agreement with Bosa in time for him to join the team for their season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. The extension of Bosa’s contract represents a victory for both him as a player and the team as a whole. For Bosa personally, it ensures security while recognizing his performance on the field. For the 49ers organization, it secures one of their players and leaders for five years while guaranteeing their possession of one of the most accomplished pass rushers in today’s game.
The contract also has implications for the rest of the NFL as it establishes a standard for players and raises expectations for other top pass rushers seeking new deals. Some of the players who could benefit from Bosa’s contract include Myles Garrett of the Cleveland Browns Bradley Chubb of the Denver Broncos Chase Young of the Washington Football Team and Joey Bosa of the Los Angeles Chargers (who happens to be Nicks's brother).
The extension of Bosa’s contract is a testament to his talent, dedication, and impact on the game. He possesses abilities that can significantly influence game outcomes by pressuring and sacking quarterbacks. Additionally, he leads by example. Commands respect, from his teammates inspiring them to perform at their best. The 49ers have made an investment by securing his services for a period and constructing their defense around him.