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49ers pick up DE Nick Bosa’s 5th-year option

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Jan 22, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97) before the game against the Green Bay Packers in a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers on Monday exercised the fifth-year option on defensive end Nick Bosa’s rookie contract.

Bosa will earn a guaranteed $17.8 million in 2023.

Bosa racked up a career-best 15.5 sacks in 2021 and has 24.5 sacks in 35 games (33 starts). He missed all but two games of the 2020 season with an ACL injury. The No. 2 overall pick of the 2019 draft made the Pro Bowl in his rookie season and 2021.

“We’re going to do everything we can to keep him a part of this organization,” Niners general manager John Lynch said Monday during a draft week press conference. “He’s a foundational player, much like Deebo (Samuel).”

Samuel asked the 49ers last week for a trade and reportedly has no plans to report for offseason workouts.

Samuel is frustrated how the team is using him. A versatile piece of the 49ers’ offense, Samuel lines up at running back and in the slot. He posted 1,770 scrimmage yards and 14 total touchdowns in 2021.

“I can’t ever imagine wanting to move on from Deebo. … He’s just too good of a player,” Lynch said, without going into specifics.

Samuel, a second-round pick in the 2019 draft, is in the final year of his four-year rookie contract that paid a total of $7,247,476.

Lynch also said quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will resume throwing in June. Garoppolo is rehabbing from shoulder surgery and is not expected to be at full strength until training camp begins in July.

Garoppolo, 30, is 31-14 as the starter in San Francisco, completing 67.7 percent of his passes for 11,162 yards and 66 touchdowns against 38 interceptions. He is 4-2 in six postseason starts for the 49ers.

The 49ers selected Lance with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. He appeared in six games (two starts) and completed 57.7 percent of his pass attempts for 603 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. He was 1-1 as a starter.

Lynch has previously said they would not release Garoppolo but might trade or even keep him.

“You don’t just give players like that away,” Lynch said Monday.

–Field Level Media