Jaguars rumors: The improbable hunt for Nick Bosa

• An improbable situation arises in Nick Bosa’s contract holdout

• Do the Jaguars have a realistic shot of landing him?

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The contract dispute between the San Francisco 49ers and star defensive end Nick Bosa has been a hot topic of discussion in the NFL. As the regular season opener approaches, Bosa remains absent from the team due to the ongoing negotiations. However, neither side has shown signs of frustration or tension, making this holdout one of the least acrimonious in NFL history.

While Bosa and the Niners are reportedly close to striking a deal, there's a rumor making the rounds on the internet that the Jacksonville Jaguars are interested in potentially trading for Bosa but do they have a realistic shot of landing the All-Pro edge rusher?

Nick Bosa's Contract Dispute with the San Francisco 49ers

Nick Bosa, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, is entering his rookie contract's fifth and final year. After an outstanding performance in the 2022 season, where he led the league in sacks with 18.5, Bosa is seeking a lucrative contract extension that reflects his value as one of the top defensive players in the NFL. The 49ers have acknowledged that Bosa deserves a significant pay raise and have expressed their intention to sign him to a long-term deal.

Despite the ongoing contract negotiations, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch have clarified that trading Bosa is not an option. Given the historical timeline of similar deals, Shanahan has stated that he expected the negotiations to take some time. However, he remains hopeful that an agreement will be reached soon, emphasizing Bosa's importance to the team. Lynch echoed these sentiments, stating unequivocally that there is no scenario in which Bosa would be traded.

While the 49ers are determined to keep Bosa on their roster, rumors have circulated about the Jacksonville Jaguars' interest in acquiring the star defensive end. The Jaguars could benefit greatly from adding a player of Bosa's caliber to their defense. However, whether the Jaguars are willing to meet the 49ers' asking price remains to be seen and whether Bosa would be open to a trade.

Bosa's contract extension is expected to make him one of the highest-paid defenders in NFL history. The new deal is expected to surpass the average annual value of Aaron Donald's contract ($31.67 million) and T.J. Watt's full guarantees ($80 million), establishing a new benchmark for defensive players.

The Jaguars' defense with NIck Bosa in the lineup is a dream scenario

If the Jacksonville Jaguars were to trade for Nick Bosa successfully, it would be a game-changer for their defense. Bosa's presence would immediately elevate their pass rush and provide a formidable threat in the Jaguars' sinister-six games with the NFL's elite quarterbacks this season. His combination of speed, strength, and technique makes him a nightmare for offensive linemen to handle. 

Undoubtedly, a Bosa trade would be worth it to the Jaguars this year, but the long-term cost would potentially doom the franchise. To get a trade of this magnitude done, the Jaguars would have to send Travon Walker or Josh Allen and a first-round draft pick.

 Even at that price tag, it's worth considering, but Trevor Lawrence will be looking for a monster contract at the end of 2023. Committing $30 million plus to Bosa would set the stage for Jacksonville's most horrendous nightmare scenario: Trevor Lawrence becoming a free agent and changing teams.

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