I almost forgot that I never saw any news regarding Joey Bosa signing a contract until Wednesday. It’s almost a foregone conclusion nowadays that rookies will sign with the team that drafts them, but that doesn’t appear to be happening anytime soon in San Diego. The Chargers drafted Bosa with the 3rd overall pick in the 2016 draft, and it’s been all downhill from there.
On Wednesday, news broke that the team was withdrawing their latest offer which was rejected by Bosa’s representatives. This apparently included more money this year than any player in the 2016 draft except Carson Wentz. However, later Wednesday after the Chargers spoke out, Mike Florio posted a statement from Bosa’s representatives which basically called the Chargers a bunch of liars and phonies. They also quipped about how the Chargers have made this a public negotiation and they are declining to engage in a negotiation involving the media…even though they’re basically doing that with this statement.
So safe to say Joey won’t be making any long term housing investments in San Diego. If Bosa were to not sign a contract he would sit out this year and enter the 2017 draft. Obviously his stock would be lower, he would be drafted lower, and would be set to make presumably less money than what the Chargers are offering. Still, taking this public is an interesting move by the team because they stand to potentially lose a lot more in a first round draft pick than Bosa does.
Bo Jackson refused any contract the Buccaneers put in front of him when they drafted him, but that was because Tampa Bay costed him his senior baseball season at Auburn. There are only a couple other examples of a player refusing to sign with the team that drafts him and reentering the draft the next year. Bosa would be the first since 1991. I can’t imagine a scenario where the Chargers don’t bend a little and sign Bosa to his rookie contract. We don’t really know what he’s is asking for, but considering everyone is a professional in this business I can’t imagine it’s anything outrageous. He’s not a once-in-a-lifetime draft pick. Hell, he’s not even a quarterback. For the Chargers to take this to the media sounds to me like they’re almost out of bullets. They’ll likely sign him, but this doesn’t bode well for when he becomes a free agent down the road.