San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch said months ago the team had budgeted for an extension for pass rusher Nick Bosa. It appears the team did not budget properly.
According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, negotiations between the team and player remain at a standstill.
“Until there is a significant breakthrough, I do not expect Nick Bosa on the field for the San Francisco 49ers,” said Rapoport on Monday afternoon. “This isn’t really a question of if he is going to be the NFL’s highest paid pass rusher. It sounds to me like they are already there. Already past T.J. Watt, that’s not really what this is about. T.J. Watt at $28 million on an average per year basis. This is about how close to Aaron Donald’s $31 million and change does he get. Or does he get over that.
“If he is not there Wednesday, obviously it would not bode well for him being able to participate in this week’s game.
“If there is anyone whose resolve you should never doubt, it is someone with the last name of Bosa.”
Let’s be real. The 49ers have a history of trying to “win” in contract negotiations. Time and time again they have tried to push the envelope on these deals. It happened with George Kittle, Fred Warner, Trent Williams, and Deebo Samuel.
In fact, in the case of Williams, the player had to call Kyle Shanahan and threaten to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs before the team’s contract negotiators finally gave the tackle what he was looking for.
Nick Bosa knows his value, and he knows the 49ers need him far more than he needs the 49ers.
San Francisco has told everyone this season is all about competing for a Super Bowl. If they continue down this path those hopes may go out the window.
Early season losses the last two seasons were the reason the team was on the road, games they ended up losing. The 49ers cannot afford to let early season games go because they refuse to give the most important player on their defense the contract he deserves.