With star edge rusher Nick Bosa locked in a holdout as he sought to be the NFL's highest-paid defensive player, the 49ers finally followed through and acquiesced to Bosa's
request after trudging through an entire summer—right through training camp, preseason games, and now, on the eve of Week 1's opener in Pittsburgh.
He is presently the NFL's highest-paid defensive player. Oh, wait, that's in NFL history. The 49ers have agreed to pay Bosa a five-year deal extension worth $170 million, with $122.5 million guaranteed, according to ESPN insider Adam Schefter.
The screams of linebacker Fred Warner in the 49ers locker room primarily announced the news, as players celebrated getting Bosa back in time for the season.
Fred came in here yelling," defensive tackle Javon Hargrave recalled as he entered the locker room. Almost everyone was yelling, staring at their phones, and talking about it.
It's going to be incredibly exciting, and having one of our top players back will benefit everyone. We're eager to get started."
"I'm just really happy, ecstatic actually," Warner told KNBR. You should have heard me yelling earlier."
Trent Williams, a 13-year veteran with 11 Pro Bowl selections, said he was relieved not to have to face Bosa on the field throughout training camp.
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