Santa Clara, Calif. ( Associated Press) — Nick Bossa spent his vacation away from the San Francisco 49ers to enjoy his new boat and get in even better shape than ever before, rather than worry about breaking the bank with his next contract.
Bossa’s return to the Niners this week for the mandatory minicamp, after spending a voluntary portion of the off-season working in Florida with her brother Joy and taking her new boat out on the water for her “extra-curricular” activity, is a welcome one. The scene was
Even though coach Kyle Shanahan said the team has yet to begin talks with Bossa on a new long-term deal that could exceed $30 million per year, he expects Bossa to stay in San Francisco for the foreseeable future and Bossa is not worried about this. any conversation time.
“I’m just focused on getting better,” Bossa said. “I’ll let my agent worry about it.”
Bossa’s value has only increased in the 2021 regular season after posting 15 1/2 sacks and four more in the playoffs. The Niners have already lifted their $17.9 million fifth-year option for 2023 and Bossa is likely to come close to Aaron Donald’s new $31.7 million a year price tag from his new deal with the Los Angeles Rams.
Bossa said he leaned on this season when he was able to focus on working rather than rehab after reconstructive knee surgery, which sidelined him for almost the entire 2020 season.
“It was just a better overall season, because I was able to enjoy myself a little bit, because I wasn’t just grinding and then resting like I needed to with my knee,” he said. . “Now the knee is doing great. I’m able to go about my life normally, which is good.”
Bossa’s return from a knee injury gave the Niners a big boost last season, giving the team the key pass rusher that was missing in 2020.
Bossa made on his Defensive Rookie of the Year season from 2019, when he had nine sacks in the regular season and four more in the playoffs by becoming one of the top defensive players in the game.
So his return to the team this week was a welcome sight.
Defensive coordinator Demeco Ryans said: “He’s just great to be around people here.” “It’s the biggest thing for Nick to be around people, to build that camaraderie during this time here in the off season. It’s about people who are just working together, staying out. going to dinner together, whatever. The amount of time they can spend together to be as tight as possible as a defensive unit and a team is what matters most and Nick a lot. Looking good.”
Bossa said the Niners fell deeply in love on the defensive line this off-season, bringing back Kerry Haider Jr. after a one-year stint at Seattle, and the addition of free agents Kemoko Ture and Hassan Ridgeway.
The Niners also used a second-round pick on Drake Jackson, and Bossa said that the Niners may need to use some extra roster spots to keep all the talented linemen.
Jackson made an immediate impression on his more skilled teammates and Bossa was particularly impressed that he was able to bend around the edges on his passes.
“He is extremely talented,” Bosa said. “He does things out there that I certainly can’t as a rookie, the way he walks. He’s definitely got some impressive things about him.”
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