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Have Lynch, Shanahan reached out to Steve Young? 'The great news...'

Have Lynch, Shanahan reached out to Steve Young? 'The great news...'

On Feb. 9, the 49ers introduced general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan.

Last Friday, Steve Young was asked if Lynch and Shanahan have reached out to him.

"Yes," Young answered point blank on KNBR 680. "The great news, and people say, 'that's self-serving,' but I really truly don't believe it is. We have a history, maybe Top 4 organizations with a history like this in the league. And we are now gonna try and use all of that to inspire the guys on the field today. That's a smart thing to do.

"Those guys are cousins to the original 20 years. John understands it because he was in Denver. Kyle understands it ... so they know what it's supposed to feel like. They know what it's supposed to look like, and I think they have completely embraced it. John especially has just said the first thing these players are gonna hear about it is what we used to be like; what the standard is."

Young -- a 49ers legend who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005 -- discusses the state of the 49ers on a virtual week-to-week basis during the season.

He is extremely passionate about the organization and hasn't been afraid to voice his disappointment with the past couple of years.

The 1994 Super Bowl champion and NFL MVP believes the 49ers have the right man leading the franchise into the future.

"I really admire John as a human being, as a leader, as somebody who's going to be very open, transparent," Young explained. "The truth is, we got a culture now that's gonna feed excellence. Now you gotta have great players, but at some point they gotta put that locker room back together, where they have that five to seven to nine to ten great leaders in the locker room.

"And then it doesn't matter what play you call, doesn't matter what defense you run, you're gonna play well."

Possible 49ers target Nick Bosa says he will keep opinions to himself

Possible 49ers target Nick Bosa says he will keep opinions to himself

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa remained busy most of Wednesday, on the eve of the NFL draft.

Bosa, along with 20 other draft prospects, took part in an event to assemble 8,000 food kits for children as part of an NFL event, “Huddle against Hunger.” His life will change Thursday when he is expected to be one of the top picks in the draft. Bosa, however, kept himself occupied, rather than consider all of the possibilities.

“I’m getting kept pretty busy right now, so I’m not able to think about it quite as much,” Bosa said. “It’s awesome. It’s what I’ve been working for since I was seven years old. I think it’ll really hit me tomorrow. I’m just really excited to find out where the next journey is.”

Bosa has been mentioned recently as a candidate to be the No. 1 overall pick of the Arizona Cardinals. But if the Cardinals select Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, Bosa would appear to be the favorite to land with the 49ers at No. 2.

The 49ers have been on Bosa’s radar for a while as a distinct possibility. He recently told ESPN that he has refrained from political tweets because his conservative views run in contrast to the liberal-leaning Bay Area.

“I’m just getting ready for the draft,” Bosa said. “I’m not really worried about Twitter anymore.

“I think the people who know me, know who I am. And I’m going to keep my opinions to myself from now on.”

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Bosa appeared in only three games during his final season at Ohio State. He recorded four sacks in those games, and after recovering from surgery to repair a muscle tear in his upper groin, his draft stock has apparently not suffered.

“I don’t think I’ll be waiting too long,” Bosa said. “We’ll see. The draft is pretty unpredictable.”

Bosa said he came out of a pre-draft visit to Santa Clara feeling as if he would fit in perfectly with the 49ers. He said he has enjoyed getting to know general manager John Lynch, vice president of player personnel Adam Peters, coach Kyle Shanahan and defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

“Just all really, really good dudes,” Bosa said. “We had dinner and sat around and talked, man to man. I just love them, the culture. It seems like the kind of culture I’d like to be in. It was just a really good visit.

“It just seems like a family. Every coach that I talked to when they were away from coach Shanahan just talked up how player-friendly he is and how he’s just a regular guy, but when it’s time to go to work, he goes to work. Playing for somebody like that would be really cool.”

There appears to be little question that Bosa, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is the type of player the 49ers are looking to add to their defense. He said he bonded with Saleh, who told him how he would fit into the system.

“It’s my type of scheme,” Bosa said. “I’d put a hand in the dirt and get after it every play, crushing and closing, playing the edge and pass-rushing. It’s definitely my type of scheme.”

49ers exercise fifth-year contract option for 2020 on DeForest Buckner

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49ers exercise fifth-year contract option for 2020 on DeForest Buckner

The 49ers on Wednesday picked up the fifth-year option on Pro Bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner for the 2020 season, but the club does not want the union to end there.

Buckner, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, is scheduled to make nearly $12.5 million in 2020. The one-year deal becomes fully guaranteed on the first day of the new league year in March 2020.

The sides were eligible to enter into negotiations to extend Buckner’s contract this offseason for the first time. And, eventually, the 49ers would like to secure him with a long-term contract that could make him one of the highest paid defensive players in the NFL.

“I would love nothing more than for DeFo to be here,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said recently. “We’ve got a long time to work on that. He’s very important to us. He’s another guy who’s a big part of what we’re doing.

“(I) just love everything about him and the way he goes about his business, his profession. I think he’s a special player and we’d like to keep him here for a long time.”

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Buckner is coming off his best NFL season. He was added to the NFC Pro Bowl as an alternate after recording a career-best 12 sacks. He is entering the final year of his original four-year, $18.2 million contract.