Call It A Comeback

In 2019, the 49ers entered the playoffs as the NFC’s No. 1 seed and made it to the Super Bowl. The next year, they went 6-10 and missed the postseason entirely. 

The difference? The health of DE Nick Bosa, who after missing most of 2020 with an ACL tear is once again dominating opposing offenses — and making a legit case for Comeback Player of the Year.  

The 2019 Defensive Rookie of the Year is anchoring the defense for a Niners squad that has won five of its last six and occupies the NFC’s 6-seed.

  • The 24-year-old leads the NFL in tackles for loss (18) and is tied for third in sacks (15).
  • In the last six games, Bosa made 13 tackles, eight sacks, and forced two fumbles.
  • The 49ers are the second-best rushing defense by DVOA and sixth in the league in yards allowed per game (321.8).

He’s unlikely to win CPOY, but Bosa (+1,000*) has still rebooted his career, earning himself a second Pro Bowl selection with the second-most fan votes.

The 2019 No. 2 pick, who signed a four-year, $33.5 million contract with San Francisco, will be a free agent in 2023

His next deal will surely compete with that of his brother Joey, who inked the second-most lucrative contract for an edge rusher (five years, $135M) with the Chargers in 2020.