PFF predicts Nick Bosa extension, ranks out 49ers' wide receiver corps

Pro Football Focus was hard at work recently, first predicting what Nick Bosa should make on a mega-extension, then ranking out where the 49ers' wide receiver room ranks in 2023.
San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97)
San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97) / Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers edge rusher Nick Bosa is going to completely reset the market for defensive players at some point very soon.

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year is likely to command what'll be the most expensive non-quarterback contract in NFL history, and the Niners are eligible for working out that deal with Bosa this offseason. As general manager John Lynch has said numerous times, San Francisco likes to engage in extension talks typically one year ahead of an existing contract's expiration.

And, despite the lucrative numbers that'll assuredly be involved, both parties seem to have confidence in a deal getting done sooner than later.

Now, as far as how much Bosa will earn? That's pure speculation. Niner Noise initially estimated at least $30 million per year with ease, and that number is probably going to be significantly higher.

The folks over at Pro Football Focus think so.

Pro Football Focus predicts Nick Bosa will get $33.5 million per year from 49ers

Brad Spielberger of Pro Football Focus explained that Bosa should be at an average annual value of $33.5 million.

Using contract histories of other players, including the elder Joey Bosa of the Los Angeles Chargers, defensive tackle Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams and edge T.J. Watt of the Pittsburgh Steelers, PFF felt a five-year deal worth up to $167.5 million would be the likelihood.

Part of the explanation:

"Topping $100 million in three-year cash flow should probably serve as a floor for Bosa. Overall, we think a contract in the ballpark of five years, $167.5 million ($33.5 million per year) could be about where this monster extension ultimately lands. $33.5 million in average annual value would represent an increase of almost 20% compared to Watt but on an extension that runs one year longer and a raise of roughly 6% over Donald."

One of the bigger conclusions PFF made? Well, that's easy.

Nick Bosa is worth every penny.

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Where 49ers wide receiver room ranks in 2023, according to Pro Football Focus

PFF probably acknowledges the fact the 49ers have one of the better defensive lines in football, particularly with Bosa's presence and the offseason free-agent addition of star defensive tackle Javon Hargrave.

But, what about the Niners' wide receiver group?

Of course, this unit is headlined by Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco's leading receiver a year ago, and the All-Pro, Deebo Samuel. But complementary wideouts such as Jauan Jennings also help bolster this unit into PFF's "elite" category, which consisted of six teams.

The 49ers ranked fourth, for what it's worth, behind the Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins in that order of PFF's receivers-by-team rankings.

Here's what PFF had to say about the Niners' wide receiver corps, particularly:

"There are so many receiving weapons to choose from in the Niners offense. They have Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk at the receiver positions, George Kittle at tight end and now Christian McCaffrey out of the backfield. From Week 7 on — when they acquired McCaffrey — the 49ers earned the highest team receiving grade in the league at 87.3."

Yes, Kittle and McCaffrey aren't technically wide receivers. However, with the way San Francisco plays "positionless" football, looping both into the mix makes some sense.

Either way, this room will certainly help out whoever winds up winning the offseason quarterback battle between Brock Purdy, Trey Lance and Sam Darnold.

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