We’ve been saying it for a long time here on Scarlet and Game; If you want to get paid in the NFL, go to Ohio State. The Ohio State football program has produced multiple NFL players that have signed record-setting contracts. Another one just got added to the list.
Nick Bosa, who is a defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers, just got the largest deal of any defensive player in the history of the NFL. He signs a five-year $170 million extension that includes $122.5 million in guaranteed money. That’s a ton of money!
Bosa had a stand-out career for the Buckeyes before heading to the NFL, including recording 8.5 sacks as a sophomore. Unfortunately, his final year with the Ohio State football program was cut short due to a core injury. We never got to see peak Nick Bosa.
So far in the NFL, he’s been one of the most dominant players in the league. He was the second overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and has lived up to his billing. He was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2019 and hasn’t stopped since then despite having some injuries.
Bosa was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year last season after recording a monster number of sacks. He had 19 tackles for loss and 18.5 sacks for the 49ers, along with two forced fumbles. He was the most feared pass rusher in the entire league, and now he gets paid because of it.
Bosa will now be locked in with the 49ers for a long time. He certainly deserves this contract. He’s not even in his prime yet. He still has another year or two before he reaches that level. When that time comes, he will have really earned this contract.
This is another tool Ryan Day and his staff can use in recruiting. Just point to another record-setting deal to get some of these elite recruits.