The Chargers have reported for training camp. Defensive end Joey Bosa hasn’t. It’s unclear when he will.
“We’re disappointed that he’s not here,” G.M. Tom Telesco said Friday, via Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “We just have some small, fundamental differences that haven’t been resolved yet. But we’re still actively talking. We’re still actively working on it.”
If the differences are “small,” it should be easy. The fact that they are “fundamental,” however, makes things more difficult.
The fight reportedly centers on offset language on the fully-guaranteed contract and cash flow on his signing bonus. Common sense suggests that a compromise can occur by giving the team what it wants on one issue and the player what he wants on the other.
But common sense ain’t, and Gehlken suggests Bosa could be absent for a while. That’s the last thing the Chargers need as they try to maximize their on-field victories as their biggest off-field fight — a vote on public funding for their new stadium — looms.