It might be time for San Francisco 49ers fans to worry about the Nick Bosa situation. At the beginning of training camp, the contract holdout seemed innocuous. Both sides were saying the right things and a deal would most likely get done. Now, the season starts in less than two weeks and the situation is still not resolved. NFL insider Ian Rapoport gave an ominous report on the Pat McAfee Show today.
San Francisco 49ers and Nick Bosa Not Close
Rapoport tried to downplay the seriousness of the report but it will do little to reduce fear around the star defensive end.
“They’re not there yet, and I don’t get the sense they’re close at all, so I don’t get the sense anything is imminent. But at least it sounds like there’s been some level of conversation, I guess, which is as there should be. It’s like there’s been at least some touching base.
“They are not there yet. And I know this probably doesn’t make anyone feel better, but there still is a lot of time. I mean, Bosa, I’m sure, keeps himself in unbelievable shape. I don’t think he’s going to need a lot of an acclimation period. So even if he shows up five days from now, I’m sure he’ll be ready for the season.”
The part that is most concerning is that the two sides are not close. While Rapoport stands by the fact that Bosa will most likely be on the field in week 1, the fact that the 49ers are dragging their feet on this seems silly.
What’s The Holdup?
Bosa has 43 career sacks and this is after missing a year with an injury. He has been a disruption in the backfield with 56 career tackles for loss and 106 QB hits. I understand not wanting to throw money around frivolously. This is a generational talent at the defensive end position. Whatever the price tag is, I’m positive that Bosa will be worth it. The alternative is much worse. If Bosa is not the the field, the 49ers defense is a lot less scary. I expect Bosa to get paid but I do not understand why it has taken this long.
Can the San Francisco 49ers close a deal with Nick Bosa before the beginning of the season? There is still time but the clock is ticking.