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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.”

NFL rumors: League seeks to add seventh playoff team in each conference

NFL rumors: League seeks to add seventh playoff team in each conference

The NFL’s playoff structure is expected to change to reportedly include seven teams in both conferences to advance to the postseason.

The current proposal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, would add one playoff team in each conference and only the top seed in the AFC and NFC would be rewarded with byes in the first round of the playoffs.

The changes to the playoff format would take effect this season when the new collective bargaining agreement is ratified. ESPN reports there is “mounting optimism” the new CBA will be agreed upon within the week.

Through last season, the top six teams in both conferences made the playoffs. If the playoff proposal had been in effect last season, the Los Angeles Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers would have advanced to the playoffs as the Nos. 7 seeds.

As the No. 1 seed in the NFC, the 49ers would have still earned a first-round bye in the playoffs. But the Green Bay Packers, the No. 2 seed, would have played in the extra game against the Rams. If the Rams were to have upset the Packers in the wild-card round, the 49ers would have played Los Angeles in the NFC Divisional Playoff instead of the Minnesota Vikings.

But the new proposal would have had an even more major impact in the AFC, where the Kansas City Chiefs would have been forced to win three games in the playoffs just to advance to the Super Bowl.

"That's been agreed to for a long time," one source familiar with the CBA talks told ESPN about the NFL's new playoff structure. "There wasn't a lot of disagreement to that issue."

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Players on the top team in each conference will receive postseason pay for the bye weekend, unlike years past, according to the report.

Also, ESPN reported that the sides are also trying to work through a proposal for a 17-game regular season, while the exhibition season is shortened to three games. The earliest that change could occur would be the 2021 season, according to the report.

Deebo Samuel pleas for 49ers to re-sign Emmanuel Sanders in free agency

Deebo Samuel pleas for 49ers to re-sign Emmanuel Sanders in free agency

Before the 49ers officially had lost Super Bowl LIV to the Kansas City Chiefs, tight end George Kittle was already preaching they would be back next year.

But it didn't stop with him.

49ers players throughout the roster already are thinking of everything they can do to make another run at it, and that includes bringing back free-agent receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

Fellow wideout Deebo Samuel made it clear Wednesday on Twitter that he wants to see the 49ers bring back the 32-year-old veteran.

Sanders showed his appreciation later Wednesday morning.

After coming over from the Denver Broncos via trade in October, Sanders excelled with the 49ers. He caught 36 passes for 502 yards and three touchdowns in the regular season, and added five receptions for 71 yards in the postseason.

But Sanders could have been an even more critical part of 49ers lore, had it not been for Jimmy Garoppolo's overthrown pass with less than two minutes remaining in Super Bowl LIV. But it was not meant to be.

Sanders has been open about his love for the team that had just barely missed the championship and has spoken out about those second-guessing him due to his age. 

The receiver laughed at the fact that he has been "flying past 23-year-olds," and exhorted that he still has plenty of good years left in him.

[RELATED: Sanders offers advice to teammates playing in first Super Bowl]

He also embraced the youth the other wide receivers brought to the team, such as Samuel and Kendrick Bourne. Sanders loved the loose vibes of the 49ers' locker room and assisted the younger players in prepping for the big moments of the Super Bowl. 

Deebo surely noticed that and knows he wants his teammate back for the team's quest to make another Super Bowl run next season.