Why 49ers would have difficult time pairing Joey, Nick Bosa together

Why 49ers would have difficult time pairing Joey, Nick Bosa together

Myles Garrett's reportedly pending contract extension with the Cleveland Browns drove home just how expensive edge rushers are.

Now, imagine trying to pay two elite players at that position.

That's what the 49ers would have to do in order to make the Bosa family's dreams come true by pairing Nick with older brother Joey, who currently plays for the Los Angeles Chargers. Although the elder Bosa could become an unrestricted free agent after this season, it's hard to see how San Francisco makes the money work to reunite the brothers.

"[There] would have to be some major sacrifices made by the Bosa family," NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco explained on the latest episode of the "49ers Inisder Podcast," "and I just don't know that it's doable because [they] are elite players at premium positions, and those guys get paid big-time money."

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Joey Bosa recorded 11.5 sacks in 2019, finishing one shy of matching his career high. Only seven active players have more sacks than Bosa (40.5) since the start of the 2016 season, and he has played at least nine fewer games than every player with more. As Garrett's rumored extension shows, that kind of production won't come cheap on the free-agent market.

But the younger Bosa still has three more seasons left on his rookie contract before (potentially) playing on a fifth-year option. The 49ers conceivably could use that to their advantage, splurging on Joey while paying Nick no more than $5.1 million in base salary during the first two years of the hypothetical deal his older brother would sign to join San Francisco.

That ignores the rest of the players the 49ers would need to pay, though. The 49ers are set to have nearly $45 million in cap space next offseason, according to Over the Cap, but they likely will have much less than that when the calendar turns to 2021.

George Kittle's contract extension could be on the books by then, and a huge chunk of the 49ers' secondary can become free agents next offseason. Exercising Nick Bosa's fifth-year option would make him one of the highest-paid edge rushers in the league, assuming he maintains his rookie-year production, and signing him to a new deal could make him the highest-paid player at his position. Arik Armstead also will count for more money against the salary cap in each of the next four seasons, and it's not yet clear what long-term effects the coronavirus pandemic will have on the NFL's salary cap.

The 49ers can create some space by cutting ties with Dee Ford, who would account for $4.8 million in dead money if he was released ahead of the 2021 season. That figure would represent savings of nearly $13 million in 2021 and almost $14 million in 2022 and 2023. That's money the 49ers, who've structured their roster based upon having two dominant edge rushers, could direct towards signing Joey Bosa. It's feasible the 49ers could use some of the money they would pay Ford to pay the elder Bosa, but they very likely would spend more money on edge rushers with both Bosas in tow rather than playing Ford alongside Nick Bosa.

"I just don't think it would take a Dee Ford salary to attract Joey Bosa," Maiocco explained. "I think it would take a Joey Bosa salary to attract Joey Bosa."

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If both Joey and Nick Bosa want to be paid like Myles Garrett, it's difficult to envision that happening with both brothers on the 49ers.

"It's certainly fun to talk about, and I could see where the Bosas would love to make that work," Maiocco said. "I just don't know if the 49ers could make it work."

49ers' GM John Lynch clarifies statement of not being an NFL 'lifer'

49ers' GM John Lynch clarifies statement of not being an NFL 'lifer'

While signaling last week that he would soon be signing a contract extension, 49ers general manager John Lynch made a parenthetical comment that attracted some attention.

“I don’t know if I’m going to be a lifer at this thing, but I love what we’re doing,” Lynch said during an appearance on KNBR’s Murph & Mac Show.

On Monday, Lynch said he was not foreshadowing his early exit. He said he fully intends to remain as 49ers general manager through the 2024 season. Lynch agreed an extension to remain with the club for five more seasons after a season in which he was named NFL Executive of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America.

“In terms of not being a lifer, I think I was just commenting, I don't know really how long I'll do this for,” Lynch said Monday on a video call with Bay Area reporters. “I know I'll do it for the next five years. I'm having a blast doing it. I love coming to work each and every day.

“When I said that, I kind of said 'Aw, no, that's going to become a story,' and really there's nothing to it.”

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Lynch, 48, played 15 NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos. He then worked as a TV analyst from 2009 through ’16. Lynch and his wife, Linda, have four children, two of whom are attending college.

“My wife has been tremendous when I played for 15 years and then traveled for broadcasting, but she loves this and they're a part of it,” Lynch said. “So everything's good right now. I kind of live in the moment, and that's nothing really to that comment.”

The 49ers have found a combination that works with Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan.

Coach Kyle Shanahan, who earlier in the offseason signed a contract extension through the 2025 season is a lock to set a personal record of living more than four years in one spot during his coaching career. Shanahan became the first 49ers coach to sign a contract extension since Steve Mariucci in 1999.

“I'll tell you, that was a huge accomplishment in our house to where it didn't hit me until we got it,” Shanahan said. “Me and my wife, she joined this when we got married at 25, and I never lived anywhere in my life longer than four years.

”My family kind of celebrated a little bit because the first time I told my kids, depending on how this year goes, but I feel like we're going to pass the four-year mark after that. That was a personal accomplishment for us, that the Shanahan household was happy with.”

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Shanahan, 40, never wanted to do anything in his professional life other than coach football. His father, Mike Shanahan, last coached in 2013 at the age of 61. But even Kyle Shanahan does not envision growing old in this job.

“None of us are lifers,” he said. “We don’t want to do it until we’re 80.”

Clinton Portis believes 49ers could have 'best tight-end crew of all time'

Clinton Portis believes 49ers could have 'best tight-end crew of all time'

The 49ers added to their tight ends room Monday, signing 2016 Pro Bowl selection Jordan Reed. 

Reed, 30, has spent his whole career with Washington since being taken in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Former Washington running back Clinton Portis was retired by the time the team drafted Reed, but he believes the move gives the 49ers a historically talented tandem of tight ends. 

"I think your edition (of the offense) with Kittle and Jordan Reed is amazing," Portis said Tuesday morning on "The Morning Show" on 95.7 The Game. "This could possibly be the best tight-end crew of all time."

With Reed and George Kittle, the 49ers now have two dynamic playmakers at the position. But Reed's concussion history is concerning for many reasons. He didn't even play last year, and hasn't even averaged 11 games played per season in his career. When healthy, however, Reed's a freak athlete. 

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Reed had 54 receptions for 558 receiving yards and two touchdowns over 13 games when he last played in 2018. He has averaged 54.8 receptions, 561.8 receiving yards and four touchdowns per season throughout his career.

“When you have a talented guy who’s hungry to play football, it works out if they can stay healthy," 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters on Monday. "And Jordan has had some bad luck over the years. I know he’s ready to go. I hope he has some good luck here.

"And if he does, I think it’s going to be a hell of a deal for the Niners and a really good deal for him, also.”

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Shanahan was in his final season as Washington’s offensive coordinator during Reed’s rookie year. He knows just how talented the tight end is, and clearly believes the reward outweighs the risk. However, his health risks should not be ignored. 

If Reed and Kittle can stay healthy and be on the field together, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo should be able to pick apart defenses with this duo.