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Nick Bosa more motivated than ever to play in 49ers' opener vs. Bucs

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Nick Bosa more motivated than ever to play in 49ers' opener vs. Bucs

With six days to go until the 2019 season opener, Nick Bosa finally made it back on to the 49ers' practice field Monday.

It was a big step for the No. 2 overall draft pick.

But with so little time left to show he's healthy and to prepare for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will Bosa actually play Sunday?

That's yet to be determined, but it's a good sign that the rookie pass rusher was able to practice and his ankle, which kept him out of all four preseason games, came through the session fine.

After practice, Bosa spoke with the media in Santa Clara about the prospects of him playing in the opener.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been as motivated in my life to get back,” Bosa told reporters, according to The Athletic. “I’ve had my sights set on playing my first NFL season, and every waking hour was spent getting my ankle right.”

While Bosa isn't committing to playing just yet, one of his teammate is ready to make the decision for the 49ers, and he interrupted the media session to announce it.

[RELATED: Mullens wins 49ers’ backup QB job over Beathard]

"You're playing," defensive lineman D.J. Jones said, according to The Mercury News.

Unfortunately for Bosa, the official decision on his status won't come until later in the week.

NFL rumors: 49ers turned down multiple trade offers for Nick Mullens

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NFL rumors: 49ers turned down multiple trade offers for Nick Mullens

Last season, the 49ers were one of a select few NFL teams that chose to keep three quarterbacks on the active roster.

Behind Jimmy Garoppolo, general manager John Lynch elected to retain both C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens throughout the season.

Lynch has spoken about potentially trading one of them in recent months, but as The Athletic’s Michael Lombardi noted on his podcast, the Niners clearly hold one of them in very high regard.

"There was about three teams trying to trade for Kyle Allen," Lombardi said on The GM Shuffle podcast. "You know what's interesting about the Kyle Allen trade? This is really interesting. The 49ers got a bunch of phone calls — when I say a bunch, a couple of teams — on Nick Mullens, the backup quarterback in San Francisco. Nick Mullens. They were asking about him, and they turned down every trade offer for Nick Mullens. They wouldn't trade him.

"Think about that. Think about that. Nick Mullens was like — Cam Newton had no value, [and] Nick Mullens [is] untradeable. Just put that in perspective for a while. Digest that."

[RELATED: Why 49ers should trade down from both first-round picks]

Mullens played admirably in filling in for Garoppolo after the signal-caller tore his ACL in 2018. The Southern Miss alum completed just over 64 percent of his passes in eight starts, throwing 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

While having multiple security blankets behind Garoppolo is a nice insurance policy, potentially nabbing a mid-round draft pick for one of the two quarterbacks could help the team shore up another position of need

Old 49ers-Odell Beckham trade idea shows NFL draft was better route

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Old 49ers-Odell Beckham trade idea shows NFL draft was better route

NFL draft season prompts plenty of outlandish trade scenarios to fill airtime and word counts, many of which never come to fruition.

Dallas Morning News reporter Joseph Hoyt dug up one such scenario Thursday, and it's a (hypothetical) trade the 49ers are (hypothetically) glad they didn't (hypothetically) make.

The 49ers would've had to pay a pretty penny for then-New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the proposal put forth in a "Good Morning Football" segment nearly two years ago. Beckham was months away from signing a contract extension, so San Francisco would've traded a lot of draft capital for a star entering the final year of his contract. The picks the 49ers made in those slots formed the backbone of the 2019 NFC Champions.

Beckham's arrival would've changed things, though. The 49ers would've entered the season with arguably the best receiver in football as well as George Kittle, who'd emerge as arguably the best tight end. Kittle might not have set an NFL record for receiving yards by a tight end playing alongside Beckham, but he surely would've benefitted from the extra attention opposing defenses paid the receiver rather than him.

Do they still go 4-12 that year? The 49ers were 3-5 in games decided by six points or fewer in 2018, and Jimmy Garoppolo (torn ACL) missed all but one of those games. Beckham crossed the 1,000-yard threshold in just 12 games catching passes from Eli Manning in 2018, so it's -- at the very least -- conceivable he could've moved the needle in at least one of the 49ers' close losses.

[RELATED: Why 49ers should trade down from both first-round picks]

The 49ers would've picked no higher than No. 4 overall with a 5-11 record in 2018, and any additional wins would've dropped them further down the draft order. Acquiring Beckham under the parameters "Good Morning Football" put forth likely would've prevented the Niners from selecting all of Mike McGlinchey, Nick Bosa and Deebo Samuel, but not all three of them would necessarily be Giants, either.

San Francisco would've been a better team in 2018, thus pushing the 49ers out of the slots they used to draft Bosa and Samuel. That's a different opportunity cost to consider than trading all of those players straight-up for one of the game's best receivers, but it's one the 49ers probably are glad they didn't have to pay.