Earlier on Wednesday, there was a sense of doubt growing about whether the San Francisco 49ers would have star pass rusher Nick Bosa in the lineup for Week 1. He remained away from the team, waiting for a contract extension to be worked out and time was running out.
However, all of the team’s worries have now disappeared. The 49ers and Bosa were able to work out a record-setting extension that makes him the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL.
The two sides agreed to a five-year, $170 million extension that includes $122.5 million in guaranteed money. The $34 million that Bosa will be making annually surpasses the $31.7 million Los Angeles Rams star defensive tackle Aaron Donald was making on his latest extension. The guaranteed money is also a record, surpassing the $80 million T.J. Watt received from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Coincidentally, those two stars could be facing off this weekend as the 49ers are traveling to Pittsburgh for their season open. With a new deal in place, the likelihood of Bosa being in the lineup has risen exponentially.
The 49ers certainly cut it close with Bosa, as he expressed optimism back in June that a deal would be struck before training camp. That didn’t occur, as they barely got the deal done in time for him to be on the field in Week 1.
While keeping Bosa was a priority, the 49ers have some real concerns when it comes to their salary cap in the future. Bosa joins running back Christian McCaffrey and fullback Kyle Juszczyk as the highest-paid players at their positions.
Tight end George Kittle, left tackle Trent Williams and linebacker Fred Warner are third, while defensive tackle Javon Hargrave and wide receiver Deebo Samuel are sixth and seventh, respectively.
That is the definition of going for it, as the 49ers are looking to capitalize on having a starting quarterback who was a seventh-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. With Bosa now in the fold, the team can turn its focus solely onto the football field moving forward.