Nick Bosa, a star player for the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL, just became the highest-paid defensive player in the history of the league.
He’s a defensive end and was named the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He agreed to a super lucrative contract extension worth $170 million over five years. This contract includes a guarantee of $122.5 million, which means he’s guaranteed to receive at least that much money.
The news about Bosa’s contract came from well-known sports reporters, Adam Schefter from ESPN and Ian Rapoport from NFL Network, who cited unnamed sources. CNN has reached out to both the 49ers and Nick Bosa’s agent for official confirmation and more details about the contract.
Even the head coach of the 49ers, Kyle Shanahan, was a little surprised by the news. He mentioned that he was running a bit late to a press conference because he had just found out about Bosa’s signing.
Shanahan was very excited about it and said he expected this big contract because Bosa is an exceptional player who has truly earned it. He also expressed confidence that Bosa would continue to perform at a high level and justify the huge investment.
Nick Bosa, after the news broke, shared his thoughts on Instagram with a simple message: “Shall we.” His teammates were quick to celebrate with him in the comments. Trent Williams, an offensive lineman, said, “Yes we shall !!!!!!!! Let’s gooooo.” George Kittle, a tight end, exclaimed, “171 holy Toledo Batman.” Arik Armstead, a fellow defensive lineman, cheered, “Lesssss goooo.”
Last season, Bosa had a remarkable 18.5 sacks, which was the most in the entire NFL. This sack total was the second-highest in the history of the 49ers for a single season, just behind Aldon Smith’s 19.5 sacks in 2012.
Over his four seasons with the team, Bosa has made 156 total tackles, achieved 43 sacks, forced eight fumbles, and even had one interception in 51 regular season games, with 49 of those being starts.
The 49ers are gearing up for the 2023 NFL season, and their first game is against the Pittsburgh Steelers. With Bosa’s new contract, he’s set to make an astonishing $34 million per year.
This surpasses the average salary of Aaron Donald, a defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams, who makes an average of $31,666,667 per season, according to the sports salary tracking website Spotrac.
In terms of total value, Bosa’s contract is the ninth richest in the NFL. The top eight contracts all belong to quarterbacks, who are typically the highest-paid players in the league.