Nick Bosa holds out, won't attend 49ers training camp without a new deal

Nick Bosa knows his value, and he is probably making a smart business decision for his NFL career.
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The 49ers aren't expecting Nick Bosa to show up at training camp until he receives what promises to be a lucrative new contract.

Edge Nick Bosa, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, is electing not to show up for San Francisco 49ers training camp as he awaits what will likely be the biggest contract for a non-quarterback in NFL history.

One that could pay him an average of at least $30 million per year, perhaps more.

The Niners reported to Levi's Stadium for training camp Tuesday, and Bosa wasn't in attendance, as shared by general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan in their inaugural press conference from camp.

The two parties continue to work toward a new contract, and Lynch shared some positive comments about his work with Bosa's agent, Brian Aryault, though, which backs up previous sentiments that a deal would eventually get done.

From Lynch, transcribed by 49ers Webzone:

"We're working. We're having really good communication with Brian Ayrault. He's got good, competent and people we have an immense amount of respect for working for him. And we're working diligently to try to come to an agreement. I think the challenges -- you're talking about a real special player. You're talking about one of the better players in the league. You could argue that could simplify things but I think at times it's just finding that sweet spot."

Under the current collective bargaining agreement, players who hold out can be subjected to $50,000 per day for not attending training camp. As such, many players elect to "hold in," which is to attend but not partake in any practices.

However, Shanahan pointed out that this wouldn't apply to Bosa because the star edge rusher is in his fully guaranteed fifth-year option from his rookie contract signed back in 2019.

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While both sides continue to work toward an agreement, it doesn't appear as if much more news will stem from those talks whatsoever.

"We're going to keep things private," Lynch added. "I always appreciated that as a player. I feel like there's some sanctity to those things. You don't want everything being aired out."

If there's any player who doesn't need training camp, it's probably Bosa. If anything, the Niners merely need him to stay healthy. Being in shape won't be an issue.

San Francisco begins on-field practices on Wednesday.

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