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Nick Bosa Watch: 49ers’ John Lynch says communication is ongoing, good, and healthy

Aug 31, 2023 at 8:35 AM

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On Wednesday, general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan made it clear that the San Francisco 49ers have no plans to entertain options to trade star pass rusher Nick Bosa. The defensive end's holdout continues, and the Niners are working "tirelessly" to complete a deal that will make both sides happy.

It's just 10 days until the 49ers' Week 1 clash with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Time is running out to get a deal finalized. Lynch joined KNBR on Thursday morning, and naturally, one of the questions was about the status of the negotiations. How is the team dealing with their best defensive player being absent for so long?

"As this thing gets closer, sure, that becomes more present because people will talk about it more," Lynch said on the "Murph and Mac" show. "But there's no updates there. What I'll tell you is that the communication is ongoing, it's good, it's healthy, and we're working to try to get something done. I don't have any more updates other than that."

There is no doubt that Bosa is working hard as he remains away from his teammates. There is little doubt that the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year will be physically ready to be thrown into a game.

"I don't care how many years you played; if I was in year 15, which I was, being in those meeting rooms, getting acclimated to football again, I prided myself [in that]," Lynch shared. "I didn't look like Nick Bosa. I didn't have abs like that, but I prided myself on being in better shape than everyone else. But there's football shape, there's things like that.

"But Nick is real smart. I know he's probably been taking his training there, so he'll be ready, and we look forward to that day that he's back."

Lynch and Bosa's camp agreed that the details of the negotiations would remain in-house, and the 49ers have done a great job of honoring that so far, providing few details to inquisitive reporters.

"This thing's active, ongoing," Lynch said. "The good thing is we've promised each other, both sides, that we're going to keep this thing in-house, and I want to hold true to that. That's important to me. It's important to them. And so I'm just going to try to say as little as possible and that we're working hard to try to bring it to resolution."

You can listen to the entire conversation with Lynch below.

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