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NFL draft: 49ers GM John Lynch on Nick Bosa's social media activity

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NFL draft: 49ers GM John Lynch on Nick Bosa's social media activity

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the latest news regarding Nick Bosa's social media activity.

SANTA CLARA -- Nick Bosa suggested he made adjustments to his social media activity because some of his personal views are in conflict with the majority of the Bay Area.

But are Bosa’s opinions really an issue for the 49ers, who hold the No. 2 overall pick?

General manager John Lynch said Monday that the 49ers consider everything with every draft prospect. Although he did not get into specifics with Bosa, Lynch intimated that he does not foresee any issues arising from the views Bosa expressed on his Twitter account.

“I think that he’s a great teammate,” Lynch said of the Ohio State defensive end. “I’m not going to get too far because a lot can happen at [No. 1]. He can go one. In general, we spend a lot of time vetting these guys and everything about them. You put something into all of it.”

The Arizona Cardinals hold the No. 1 overall pick in the draft and long have been speculated to like Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray. But Bosa and Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams also are possibilities to be chosen No. 1 overall.

Lynch said the team will consider everything when evaluating a draft prospect.

“We try to be as thorough in the process as we can,” Lynch said. “That is something we look at it. We also look at what kind of teammate is he. What do his teammates think about him? And when I say ‘him,’ I’m speaking of any prospect.

“In particular, when you talk about guys who are going to go that high, you’ve vetted these guys in every way. You try to look at things like that. What kind of member of your organization will this guy be in every respect? You look at it all. We’ve done that with all the prospects.”

Lynch spoke before news of Bosa liking a friend's 2014 Instagram posts with racist, sexist and homophobic hashtags came to light Monday afternoon.

Lynch was in attendance for an Ohio State practice before the Rose Bowl. Bosa, who withdrew from school one month earlier after undergoing groin surgery, showed up at practice to see his former teammates. Lynch saw the outpouring of love from Ohio State teammates and coaches upon seeing Bosa for the first time since he left school.

Lynch, vice president of player personnel Adam Peters and area scout Steve Rubio had lunch with Bosa after the Ohio State pro day last month. Bosa also recently visited the 49ers’ facility in Santa Clara.

“Nick is a heck of a player,” Lynch said. “He’s one we really enjoyed studying throughout this process.”

Bosa had been outspoken in holding Donald Trump in high esteem, referring to him as G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time). In a recent interview with ESPN, Bosa said he stopped sharing his political views with one team in mind.

"I had to," said Bosa, who grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "There is a chance I might end up in San Francisco."

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Bosa ended up deleting some of his polarizing social media posts, including when he called Colin Kaepernick a “clown,” in reference to Kaepernick’s form of protest against racial inequality for taking a knee during the national anthem throughout the 2016 season.

Bosa’s views apparently have not been an issue in the past. He was a popular teammate on diverse teams from youth football to high school to college. Larry Johnson, the defensive line coach at Ohio State, alluded to Bosa’s background for the reason he fit in so well with teammates of every background.

“I think that’s the reason he can cross over any gender, any race, because he’s dealt with all that at such a young age,” Johnson told NBC Sports Bay Area. “You talk about a guy who doesn’t see color, that’s Nick Bosa. He doesn’t see color. He sees people. He sees what’s good in people.”

49ers sign kicker Robbie Gould to four-year contract as holdout ends

49ers sign kicker Robbie Gould to four-year contract as holdout ends

After months of acrimony, a deadline brought the 49ers and kicker Robbie Gould together,

The two sides agreed to terms Monday morning on a contract extension, a league source confirmed. The 49ers announced the agreement later Monday afternoon.

“Over the years, Robbie has established himself as one of the best at his position in the NFL, which is precisely why we were so committed to working out a new contract with him,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said. “I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to make this deal come to fruition. We are very happy to start off the year on the right foot with this agreement in place so that Robbie can get back with his teammates and focus on making the most out of the upcoming season.”

The 49ers and Gould agreed to a fully guaranteed contract worth $10.5 million over two years but with an option clause, it could become a four-year, $19 million deal with $15 million guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, who first reported the agreement.

The two sides have seemingly been at odds since the 49ers restricted Gould’s ability to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason with the application of the franchise tag -- a deal that was set to pay him $4.971 million for one year. Gould requested a trade, but coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch both declared that the 49ers would not trade him because of his importance to the team.

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Gould, a 14-year NFL veteran made 72 of 75 field-goal attempts in his first two seasons with the 49ers after signing a two-year, $4 million contract on the first day of free agency in 2017. Gould ranks No. 2 all-time in the NFL in field-goal accuracy at 87.7 percent behind only Baltimore’s Justin Tucker.

With Gould now set to report to training camp in Santa Clara on July 26, the only players under 49ers control who remain unsigned are defensive end Nick Bosa and wide receiver Deebo Samuel, the team’s top two draft picks.

NFL preview 2019: 49ers' three most important players for next season

NFL preview 2019: 49ers' three most important players for next season

After combining to win a total of 10 games the last two seasons, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch enter a crucial third year steering the ship in Santa Clara. 

The 49ers recently have been closer to the No. 1 overall pick in the draft than the playoffs. It's time for that to change. But it won't be easy. 

Rising up the ranks in the NFC West is a tough task. The Rams were an ugly Jared Goff game away from winning the Super Bowl last year, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks are always competitive, and the Cardinals should be exciting with Kyler Murray and a healthy David Johnson. 

In order for the 49ers to have a successful 2019 season, these three players will have to perform on the field. 

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB

Thanks, Captain Obvious. 

Everything starts with Garoppolo. The 49ers go as he goes. It's simple as that. 

Garoppolo says he's "good to go" for training camp, which begins July 27th, after tearing his ACL in the third game of the season last year. Through nine games with the 49ers -- eight starts -- Garoppolo has gone 6-2 as a starter while throwing 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He's thrown for 2,278 yards in red and gold, and has completed 64.8 percent of his passes. 

To contend for the playoffs, Garoppolo will have step up his game and prove he's worth his $137.5 million contract this season.

Ahkello Witherspoon, CB

This easily could have been Richard Sherman. The 49ers badly need their secondary to improve this season after snatching only two interceptions. In his first season as a 49er, Sherman failed to have an interception for the first time in his career. He also was coming off a ruptured Achilles tendon. 

“I’m much healthier. I was kind of out there on one leg," Sherman said to the Sacramento Bee in May. 

Sherman should have a better year after going through an offseason where he didn't have to focus on rehabbing his Achilles. He's expected to still be the team's top cornerback, but as he ages, the No. 2 cornerback is just as important. 

There's still plenty of competition for who will line up opposite of Sherman. It's Witherspoon's job to lose, though, and he looked like the 49ers' best player on defense at times during the offseason program. 

Witherspoon, 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, has the same kind of long build at cornerback that Sherman has. He suffered a PCL injury last year and missed the final two games, but proved he's healthy during the offseason.

This could be a make-or-break year for the 24-year-old. If he proves the offseason program wasn't a fluke, Witherspoon might turn into one of the best surprises in the NFC West this season.

Fred Warner, MLB

Warner was one of the better draft picks in all of football last season. Selected in the third round by the 49ers, Warner started all 16 games and recorded 124 tackles.

This year, it's time for him to captain Robert Saleh's defense. 

In just his second professional season, Warner is expected to man the middle with Kwon Alexander and Malcolm Smith playing on the outside. That could be an extremely athletic group of linebackers, but Alexander is coming off a torn ACL and Smith constantly has been injured the last two years. 

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The 49ers are expecting big things out of Warner in his sophomore season, and reasonably so. Seen as a natural leader, Warner can't have a slump this season.

With a dominant defensive line, Warner must keep it going and turn the team's linebackers into a force to be reckoned with.