For the last year, Aaron Donald’s massive $31.6 million contract with the Los Angeles Rams has lorded over every other non-quarterback deal in the NFL, but that is no longer the case on Wednesday. The San Francisco 49ers and Nick Bosa agreed to a contract that is almost $3 million more per year than Donald’s deal, which itself was over $3 million more than the previously-best contract for an edge rusher, the $28 million for T.J. Watt.
Now Bosa makes $34 million per year and will get $122.5 million guaranteed on a five-year, $170 million extension as of Wednesday. Bosa should now be available when the 49ers play the Pittsburgh Steelers in their season opener on Sunday, as well as San Francisco’s Week 2 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams.
Source: Nick Bosa has agreed to a five-year, $170 million extension with the San Francisco 49ers, including $122.5 million guaranteed, by a wide margin. It will make him the highest-paid defensive player in history. pic.twitter.com/bRm6S9Eemf— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 6, 2023
Bosa makes $6 million more per season than Watt, nearly the same gap that exists between Donald and the next-highest paid defensive tackle. Perhaps that is why the 49ers and Bosa took so long to come to an agreement, but it seems that San Francisco finally caved into the 2022 Defensive Player of the Year’s demands.