Nick Bosa might have to jump to AFC West to play alongside his brother

This probably won't be the last time we talk about Nick Bosa and Joey Bosa playing together on the same team.
San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (L) and Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (R)
San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (L) and Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (R) / Michael Owens/GettyImages

If Nick Bosa ever wants to play with his older brother, Joey Bosa, he might have to head to Southern California to do it.

There aren't too many brothers both playing in the NFL. And it's almost nonexistent for any sibling to wind up donning the same uniform as the other.

Although wide receiver Max McCaffrey and running back Christian McCaffrey have both worn San Francisco 49ers jerseys, albeit at different times. There's a nugget for trivia night, right?

The possibility, however, of the two pass-rushing brothers, Nick Bosa of the Niners and Joey Bosa of the Los Angeles Chargers, playing together on the same team at some point in their careers is still out there. Heck, one recent suggestion even pointed toward San Francisco trading for the elder Bosa by shipping off wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk to the Bolts.

Aside from the unlikelihood of that happening, namely due to Joey Bosa's recent injury history and the fact he's one of the highest-paid defenders in the league, which would make it difficult for a cap-stressed San Francisco squad to onboard him, the two brothers have only moderately discussed the possibility.

And the universal theme is that "it'd be neat but something far down the road."

While Nick Bosa has talked about it at times, Joey Bosa chimed in but added a little nugget that might have to factor into his younger brother's whereabouts at some point in the future.

Joey Bosa says it'd be 'cool' to play with Nick Bosa but prefers to stay in SoCal

Speaking with ESPN's Kris Rhim, Los Angeles' star defender shed a little light about the conversations he has with the 2022 Defensive Player of the Year and whether or not the two could actually play on the same team someday.

"It'd be cool at some point," the older brother said.

Joey Bosa is a free agent in 2025 and faces an uncertain future, particularly in light of playing in just 14 games the last two seasons because of injuries. It's unclear whether or not the Chargers will want to re-sign him under new head coach Jim Harbaugh.

However, Joey Bosa tossed in a little nugget that might spell a path toward he and his brother being on the same team.

"I always thought of myself being somebody that will play here and retire here, which I think not many people do on one team," he continued. "I think would be a cool thing to accomplish, but you never know."

Sounds like the elder wants to stay in Southern California. If Nick Bosa wants to play alongside him that badly, he might have to eventually jump ship from San Francisco and join the AFC South squad.

Of course, this means little. Especially right now. Joey Bosa reiterated that he's focused solely on this year and added the inevitable "who knows?"

Spot on.

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