SANTA CLARA. Nick Boza is out of the 49ers off-season, but that’s not what you think.
“It has nothing to do with the contract,” general manager John Lynch said at Monday’s pre-draft press conference.
This appears to be different from another 2019 draft pick, Deebo Samuel, an All-Pro wide receiver who requested a trade with one year left on his rookie contract.
While Samuel went All-Pro last season and played a pivotal role in the 49ers playoffs, Boza played every game with an ACL surgically repaired to eventually earn a contract extension as well.
“I have consistently stated that Nick, in our opinion, will do everything possible to keep him a part of this organization,” Lynch said. “He’s a fundamental player, just like Deebo.”
On Monday, the 49ers bought Boza’s fifth-year option for $17.9 million for the 2023 season, essentially giving them more time to negotiate. His older brother, Joey, signed an extension last year paying him $27 million a year, second among defensemen behind the Steelers’ T.J. Watt ($28 million a year).
“We can work on an expansion at any time,” Lynch added. “We have a really good relationship with Brian Ayro, Nick’s rep. We will take the next steps at the appropriate time.”
Samuel has been impatient in anticipation of his potential renewal, though the 49ers’ track record is to reward homegrown stars later in the summer, as they did in the previous two offseasons with George Kittle and Fred Warner.
Boza made his second Pro Bowl after his second full season thanks in large part to rigorous training in his native Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The repetition of this training strategy should not come as a surprise, and certainly not with coach Kyle Shanahan, the team opened their off-season program in Santa Clara last week.
“He and Kyle talked. He trains in Florida,” Lynch said. “He and his brother have a coach. Trust me, Nick Bosa works. Every time he shows up, he’s in great shape.”
Next week will begin the second phase of the off-season program, when coaches will take to the field along with the players. This will increase to nine organized team events from May 23rd to June 9th before a mandatory mini-camp on June 14th-16th.
Elijah Mitchell said an off-season procedure on his knee won’t delay his entry into training camp. Mitchell’s 963 yards in just 11 games was a record for a 49ers rookie. He’s suffered a lot of injuries along the way, and his goal this season is to get into a stronger 215-pound frame.
Mitchell said his knee problem “definitely had a bit of an impact” last season. After reviewing his rookie film, he said he sees “a lot of things to improve. Make people miss by breaking a little more tackles.”
Anthony Lynn replaced Bobby Turner as running coach this season, and Mitchell is thrilled to be working with Lynn, a former NFL and 49ers running back who coached the Chargers for four seasons before becoming the Lions offensive coordinator last season. .
Quarterback Javon Kinlaw, who recently expressed optimism about knee recovery, shares this updated look at the 49ers’ offseason.
“With any player, when you start feeling healthier and more energized, you can tell someone is a lot happier and more optimistic. It’s coming out in JK,” linebacker Fred Warner said. “It looks like it’s the best shape he’s been in.”