Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Richard Sherman sees that San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa is much deserving of more respect after his stout 2021 campaign.
Bosa had his way against opposing tackles on a weekly basis this past season. After missing the majority of the 2020 season due to a torn ACL injury, Bosa returned to the 49ers in the 2021 campaign and proved that he is among the more potent pass rushers in the NFL today. He recorded a career-high 15.5 sacks to go along with a league-leading 21 tackles for loss in 17 games played.
Still, Bosa was not recognized for his formidable season at the end of the year. Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow won 2021 NFL Comeback Player of the Year honors over him, and more so, the 49ers pass rusher did not make an All-Pro team.
While Bosa was named to the 2022 Pro Bowl, Sherman wants a bit more recognition given to him at this stage in his career, which he touched on during his talk with 49ers linebacker Fred Warner on Pro Football Focus’ “The Richard Sherman Podcast.”
“Bosa had an unbelievable year, never going to get enough credit,” Sherman said. “Fifteen-and-a-half sacks, and they act like he had five.
“You all not going to give him first-team All-Pro? You all not going to give him Comeback Player of the Year? I hear you with [Bengals QB Joe Burrow]. I hear you, but not one [vote]? You all gave [Cowboys QB] Dak Prescott a few. Come on, now.”
Bosa currently has two more seasons remaining on his rookie deal with the 49ers. At the least, Sherman is pleased to see that the 49ers defensive end will soon receive a much-deserving, hefty payday.
“He will get it where it matters most, and that’s his pockets,” Sherman said. “I hear you. He’s got to control all the rest of it, but they going to give him what he’s just due.”
49ers general manager John Lynch recently noted that he aims to come to terms with Bosa on an extension deal. It remains to be seen whether this will come to fruition in the coming months.