It’s been nearly two weeks since the Chargers and the agents for defensive end Joey Bosa last spoke. San Diego G.M. Tom Telesco believes they’ll eventually speak again, and that they’ll find a way to resolve their differences.
“Well there has to be [a compromise] at some point,” Telesco told The Loose Cannons on XTRA 1360. “It’s important to us, we drafted him for a reason, we want him here. There’s no two people here that want him here more than me and Coach McCoy. He’s someone we took for a reason, we took him to help this football team. We have to get it done some way, some how. There’s just a hurdle we just can’t get over that’s hindering negotiations right now. No one wants it done more than we do.”
Telesco declined to get into the “play-by-play” of the negotiations, but the reality is that the ball is and has been in the team’s court since July 28. On that day, the team made an offer, Bosa quickly responded, and the Chargers have not countered.
“The next update will be when it’s done,” Telesco said. But it won’t be done until the team makes the next move, unless Bosa decides to break from the etiquette of negotiating and bid against himself.
Unless the team believes Bosa eventually will blink and take the pending offer, the fact that Telesco believes a compromise inevitably will occur implies that the negotiation process at some point will continue. For now, it has stalled because the Chargers have been disengaged for 13 days.
That’s something the team should probably share with veterans like tight end Antonio Gates, who has suggested that Bosa at some point should go rogue and disregard the negotiation process and get a deal done. Then again, Bosa’s agents could do the same thing, since the same firm that represents Bosa also represents Gates.
Regardless, the recent comments from Bosa’s mother suggest that the family and the player remain on board with a process that has been waiting for the Chargers to make the next move since July 28. So if the Chargers are waiting for Bosa to do what Gates thinks Bosa eventually should do, the Chargers may be waiting a lot longer than 13 days.