Joey Bosa predicts 49ers, brother Nick beat record-setting contract

Joey Bosa predicts 49ers, brother Nick beat record-setting contract

The Los Angeles Chargers backed up the Brinks truck to keep defensive end Joey Bosa in Southern California last week when they agreed to a five-year, $135 million extension with $102 million guaranteed.

That contract made Bosa the NFL's highest-paid defender, surpassing Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett. The highest-paid player tag usually only lasts until the next star defender signs his contract. Bosa is going to relish his status but thinks the 49ers will have to break it to keep his younger brother, Nick, in the fold.

"It will probably be a short-lived record," Bosa said Monday on a conference call with Chargers reporters, via ESPN. "Which is great because I'm happy to just set the bar and maybe my brother in a few years will surpass me, I'm sure of that."

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There's no doubt Nick Bosa will be paid handsomely when the time comes for a new contract extension.

The 2019 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year was an absolute force last season for the 49ers, recording 9.0 sacks, as well as 18 quarterback hits and 52 QB pressures, per Pro Football Focus.

The NFL pattern dictates that Nick will reset the market when his time comes, topping his brother and any other premium defensive players who have since broken the bank.

The 49ers have a perilous cap situation to navigate over the next few years if they plan to keep their loaded roster intact. They currently are trying to negotiate a long-term extension for tight end George Kittle, but the talks appear to have hit a snag as the two sides try to determine how Kittle, who is one of the top pass-catching weapons in the NFL, should be compensated.

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General manager John Lynch will have to pull off some cap gymnastics over the next couple of seasons to keep the band mainly together. He's confident he can.

"Is it going to be a challenge? Absolutely," Lynch told 49ers reporters Monday when asked about the 49ers and their cap situation heading forward in the COVID-19 era. "For us, I think the biggest challenges -- we were set up with a really good roster, but we had set it up such that we really felt it was sustainable. I think it's still sustainable. We're going to have to get creative, though, and we've got to figure some things out."

After Kittle is taken care of, the 49ers will turn their attention to retaining left tackle Trent Williams after this season. Nick Bosa will up next after Williams, and the 49ers hope the younger Bosa can anchor their defense for years to come.

49ers troll Joey Bosa after Nick ranked No. 17 on 2020 NFL Top 100 list

49ers troll Joey Bosa after Nick ranked No. 17 on 2020 NFL Top 100 list

It was a big night for the Bosa brothers.

A little after 6:30 p.m. PT, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported, citing league sources, that Los Angeles Chargers defensive lineman Joey Bosa had agreed to a record-setting five-year, $135 million contract extension.

Less than an hour later, Joey's younger brother Nick was named as the No. 17 ranked player in the NFL's Top 100.

And the 49ers used the announcement of Nick's ranking as a chance to take a fun shot at Joey's growing back account.

Dinner will be on Joey for a limited time. At some point in the next few years, the 49ers and Nick likely will come to an agreement on a new contract that will surpass Joey's deal.

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Nick Bosa is on pace to become one of the best defensive players in the NFL, and he could claim that title sooner rather than later. The No. 2 overall draft pick last year, Bosa was named the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year and earned his first Pro Bowl selection, though he didn't play in the game because the 49ers made it to Super Bowl LIV.

Nick's ranking at No. 17 on the NFL's Top 100 list is the highest for any rookie defender.

A reminder that the ranking is based on votes by NFL players themselves, so they already realize how good the younger Bosa brother is.

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Once the coronavirus pandemic is over and it's safe to go to restaurants again, we'll definitely be curious to see where Joey takes Nick for that nice meal.

What Joey Bosa's reported new contract means for brother Nick, 49ers

What Joey Bosa's reported new contract means for brother Nick, 49ers

Nick Bosa and the 49ers likely won't agree on a contract extension until at least two offseasons from now, but when they do, the reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year is going to get paid.

Bosa had at least two reasons to celebrate Tuesday night, as his older brother, Joey, reportedly agreed to a record-setting contract extension with the Los Angeles Chargers. 

When it comes time for the younger brother's extension, it surely will top that.

Two weeks ago, Myles Garrett and the Cleveland Browns agreed to a record-setting five-year, $125 million contract extension, of which $100 million was guaranteed. It made Garrett the highest-paid defensive player in annual average salary in NFL history.

Well, for two weeks, anyway.

With a reported five-year, $135 million extension with the Chargers, of which $102 million is guaranteed, Joey Bosa has leapfrogged Garrett on that list.

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Thus is the pattern of NFL contracts, as premium players continually reset the market at their positions. Nick Bosa will do the same when his time comes, and there are bound to be other players who bump up the total number in the meantime. The inevitable extension for Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt certainly has the potential to eclipse Joey Bosa's, for instance.

The 49ers gladly will pay Nick Bosa whatever the market deems, and after one season in the NFL, there's every reason to believe he'll be worth it. The good news for San Francisco is that the salary cap is expected to significantly increase by the time a Bosa extension will become necessary, which will be a big help given how large that number is going to be.

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