John Lynch working on contract extensions with Nick Bosa and Deebo Samuel: ‘Those guys are going to be 49ers’ –

John Lynch working on contract extensions with Nick Bosa and Deebo Samuel: 'Those guys are going to be 49ers' -

The San Francisco 49ers are still working through Jimmy Garoppolo’s future, yet two stars on their roster are in line to be with the franchise for a long time. Nick Bosa and Deebo Samuel are heading into the final year of their rookie deals (Bosa has a fifth-year team option as a first-round pick). 

San Francisco general manager John Lynch is determined to get contract extensions done with two of his cornerstone players. Lynch plans on getting these extensions done sooner rather than later. 

“It’ll certainly be a challenge as good of players as those guys are. But I do know this, those guys are, in my mind, no absolutes, but those guys are going to be 49ers,” Lynch said at the NFL Scouting Combine this week. “They’re foundational to what we do on the field. Their play is special, and off the field, in their own way, they’ve each become really big-time leaders for our team. They make their teammates better and we realize all that value and two special players are good issue to have. 

“And we do have good communication and good relationships with both their representatives as well as both the players. I think what I’ve learned in my going-on six years in this business is when both sides have the motivation, deals can get done. So the timing, I have no idea, but we’ll go to work here and have been working to try to do something.” 

Bosa has been dominant since putting on a 49ers uniform in 2019, earning two Pro Bowl trips in the two full seasons he played (only played two games in 2020 before suffering a season-ending injury). He has 24.5 sacks and 58 quarterback hits in 35 games. This past season, Bosa had 52 tackles, 15.5 sacks, 21 tackles for loss, 32 quarterback hits, and four forced fumbles. He finished tied for first in the NFL in tackles for loss, third in quarterback hits, and fourth in sacks. 

Samuel finished with 77 catches for 1,405 yards and six touchdowns in 2021, leading the league with 18.2 yards per catch. He finished fifth in the NFL in receiving yards while also adding 59 carries for 365 yards and eight touchdowns on the year. Samuel is the first player in NFL history to have 1,400 receiving yards and 300 rushing yards in a season and is the third player with 1,000 receiving yards, five rushing touchdowns, and five receiving touchdowns in a season — first wide receiver to accomplish the feat. 

Lynch compared Samuel to a former teammate of his, who was one of the most exciting players in the league in his era. 

“Completely different players, but I remember when I was playing in Tampa, Mike Alstott, no one wanted to sit on the bench because when you’re on defense you wanted to go see what he was going to do. I think Deebo’s kind of that same way,” Lynch said. “I think when you watch Deebo play…it’s inspiring. It lifts everyone. 

“And yeah, we get the same thing in our meetings, who’s the player you try to play like and we even have defensive players saying Deebo, and I think that speaks volumes for who he is and the guy loves to play. He loves to win and loves to compete. And it’s been special to watch the young man develop.” 

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