San Diego Chargers first-round pick Joey Bosa remains the only draft pick unsigned from the 2016 draft class. The holdout doesn’t appear to be close to ending any time soon either.
However, teammates are beginning to speak out about the need for Bosa to sign a contract and get into training camp. Corey Liuget said the missed time will catch up with Bosa and extend the time needed to get adjusted to the NFL.
Offensive tackle King Dunlap also said Bosa is missing critical time with the Chargers. In an interview with The Loose Cannons on XTRA1360 in San Diego, Dunlap said Bosa is losing time that he’ll never get back.
“The most valuable things he’s missing right now is reps,” Dunlap said. “Being a rookie you don’t know the rigors of what the season brings. I hope he gets everything done and settled so he can get into work. I feel like getting those reps, repeated reps against a bigger offensive line like we are would be good for him, he would help us getting better as well.”
Rookie holdouts have become mostly extinct since the new CBA was put in place in 2011 that provided slotted contracts for draft picks. However, Bosa continues to stay away from Chargers camp in hopes of getting better language in the contract.