And on Day 5 of training camp for the San Francisco 49ers, the pads came on. However, the team is still without star pass rusher Nick Bosa, as the two sides continue to work out the details of a new contract. In speaking with the Bay Area media Monday morning, general manager John Lynch said he is “not at all concerned” that a deal won’t get done.
“I don’t like not having one of our best players here,” Lynch said. “…But I also understand it and understand that we’re going to have to exhibit some patience and understand that ultimately this thing will work out. I’m very confident in that and we’re just going to have to have that right mix of urgency and patience…I remain confident that we will come to an agreement and get things taken care of so we can have one of our best players, one of the best teammates, this is the guy that addresses our team every Saturday and just gives his wisdom. We miss him and looking forward to the day he’s coming back.”
2023 would be the final year of Bosa’s rookie contract, which he signed in 2019 when the 49ers drafted him at No. 2 overall. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year had a 2022-2023 season in which he registered 18.5 sacks, 51 tackles and two forced fumbles. He also pressured quarterbacks 58 times. In addition to being named DPOY, Bosa was an All-Pro for the first time and was named to his third Pro Bowl.
Though he was in attendance for San Francisco’s June minicamp, Bosa has not been seen in Santa Clara for training camp. He could be subject to daily fines, but the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement stipulates that first-round pick entering their fifth-year could have them waived. And the 49ers don’t want to fine him.
“That’s not going to get him in here,” Lynch said. “We’re both striving for the same thing, so we’ll focus on that.”
In talking about the 49ers’ defensive line, Arik Armstead said, “It’s a great group and we’re not even all the way together yet. We don’t have our guy.”