49ers and Star DE Nick Bosa Agree to a Record 5-Year, $170 Million Extension

Ohio State Buckeyes defensive lineman Nick Bosa in 2017.
Ohio State Buckeyes defensive lineman Nick Bosa in 2017. Photo by Adam Lacy/Csm/Shutterstock (9254426ac)

The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to an extension with their star defensive end Nick Bosa just in time to have him on the field for Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bosa, who didn’t participate in training camp looking for a new deal, reportedly became the highest-paid non-quarterback in the history of the league. The 25-year-old received a five-year contract that will pay him $170 million, including $122.5 million guaranteed.

The 49ers confirmed Bosa’s extension on social media but didn’t reveal the financial details of the agreement. The Ohio State product had one year left on his rookie deal that pays him $18.9 million in 2023.

Bosa was a holdout to start the preseason after he and the 49ers failed to agree to an extension earlier in the year. The negotiations between the two sides dragged out longer than anyone expected, causing the 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan to plan the Steelers game as if his best defensive player won’t be on the field.

Shanahan actually only found out the news about Bosa’s extension several minutes before he was set to have a press conference on Wednesday. 

“I think our team was ready to not [have him], and that was our mindset, and it was a hell of a bonus just getting told that coming in here. So we’re obviously real excited about it,” Shanahan told reporters.

Nick Bosa finished the 2022 campaign, leading the league with 18.5 sacks while adding 51 tackles and two forced fumbles. He was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year while picking up his third Pro Bowl nod and a First-team All-Pro selection.

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