According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, there is a possibility 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa could miss the season opener at Pittsburgh.
The reigning NFL Defensive Player of The Year has missed all of training camp while awaiting San Francisco to give him an offer he can’t refuse. Now it sounds like the conversations may be at a crossroads.
“For a deal to get done there has to be communication on all sides, there has to be back and forth on all sides, and there needs to be a willingness to do a deal,” said Rapoport. “It doesn’t sound like the conversation is very active. Nick Bosa knows what he wants, he knows his value. He knows what he values himself as and that’s what he thinks he should get. Until the 49ers get there, I’m not sure how much discussion there will be.
“Will he miss a game? I don’t know, but I will say this, if it’s possible for anyone to miss a game Nick Bosa would be in the conversation. That family, as principled as they are, I can see it.”
The 49ers pride themselves on getting their players paid and in on time. This is the first time under the current regime that a player has gone this far into camp.
San Francisco also has a history of opening negotiations with low ball offers. This led led to what George Kittle’s agent Jack Bechta called the “Valentine’s Day Massacre” while negotiating a new deal for the tight end in 2020.
Lynch has stated the 49ers have budgeted for the Bosa extension. The defensive end is looking to become the highest paid defensive player in the NFL. This would mean getting more than the $33.67 million annual salary paid to Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald.
If the 49ers want to have their best pass rusher on the field on opening day, they better sharpen their pencils.