SANTA CLARA — When the 49ers hit the practice field Thursday, the richest newly crowned non-quarterback in the NFL was in the weight room.
No surprise there.
When Nick Boza debuted defensively, he appeared to be in top physical shape and ready to see big action on Sunday, when the 49ers’ 2023 regular season begins.
Since the 49ers had individual workouts at the start of training, Bossa participated in warm-ups under the direction of Dustin Berry, the 49ers’ Head of Strength and Conditioning.
Bossa was not expected to have much more than a very limited training day on Thursday as he slowly acclimated himself to the football routine. He could see big game time on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Bosa flew to the Bay Area on Wednesday night after agreeing to the terms of a five-year, $170 million extension to finish a 44-day contract. Bosa landed a record-setting contract after leading the NFL with 18.5 sacks last season and winning the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award.
The NFL granted the 49ers a two-game roster exemption for Bosa. But the club are expected to activate him in their 53-man squad on Saturday, at which point they must make a corresponding roster move in order to create space for Bosa.
“Prone to fits of apathy. Introvert. Award-winning internet evangelist. Extreme beer expert.”