Report: Chargers, Joey Bosa have talked this week

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As the Chargers and Joey Bosa continue haggling over a contract far longer into the preseason than anyone could have imagined when they took him with the third overall pick, there are signs of potential progress.

USA Today reports that the two sides are speaking after previously giving each other the silent treatment for more than two weeks.

However, a source tells PFT the sides are not close to a deal. The Chargers have long insisted that Bosa needs to accept both a deferral of the payment of some of his signing bonus and offset language that would save the Chargers some money if they cut Bosa and he signs with someone else. Bosa’s camp has insisted that he will not sign a contract with both of those terms. Until one side gives ground, merely talking isn’t enough.

Eventually, Bosa will almost certainly sign with the Chargers. It’s unthinkable that a third overall pick could sit out his entire rookie season and enter the next year’s draft. But just because they’re talking, doesn’t mean an agreement is close.

47 responses to “Report: Chargers, Joey Bosa have talked this week

  1. both parties are dumb. Bosa and his family seem to be giving himself a bad reputation. Chargers seem to be cementing their bad reputation.

  2. Will be weird seeing the Chargers finish last in their division for a second straight year.

  3. Evidently those “new talks” produced the same as the previous ones, NOTHING. LOL

  4. ALL other draft picks in the NFL have signed their contracts. What makes Bosa so special?
    Chargers need to give Bosa’ agent a deadline to sign, or resend the offer.

  5. People criticizing Bosa don’t seem to understand economics. You can take $3 million, brought in an index fund for the next five months, enough money for a down payment on a house without ever touching your initial investment That’s why the team doesn’t want to pay them now, and that’s why you should get his money now

  6. Maybe giving up 167 yards rushing in the first half against the Titans made the Chargers reconsider their strict clerical schedule for bonus payments?

  7. It’s about time NFL teams stop paying huge sums of money to rookies who have not played one snap of NFL football.

    If I release an employee, for any reason, I should be required to keep paying him? Er, no

  8. touchdownroddywhite says:
    Aug 19, 2016 10:41 AM

    Will be weird seeing the Chargers finish last in their division for a second straight year.

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    No, it won’t. And I’m a Charger fan. What it WILL mean is the end of Mike McCoy as the head coach.

    Dean Spanos chose McCoy over Bruce Arians. Moron.

  9. Question: If the Chargers fail to sign Bosa and waste a #3 draft pick (especially when they spent so much time post draft saying ‘this is our guy; this is the guy we always wanted; there was never even a close second choice’) combined with choosing Leaf over that other QB that was available, is there any question this team holds the ignominious distinction of being the worst drafting team in NFL history?
    Couch, Russel, Mandarich, etc . . . all yikes bad, but to have a #3 that literally gets flushed AND Ryan Leaf for one team. That’s potentially historic, right?
    And I’m a Chargers fan…

  10. touchdownroddywhite says:
    Aug 19, 2016 10:41 AM

    Will be weird seeing the Chargers finish last in their division for a second straight year.

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    No, it won’t. And I’m a Charger fan. What it WILL mean is the end of Mike McCoy as the head coach.

    Dean Spanos chose McCoy over Bruce Arians.

  11. Clearly the fan base and this website have failed to explain Bosa’s position….

    According to NFL rules… a third round pick is GUARANTEED a certain amount of money for being a third round pick…

    However, the team may be able to split that payment if they want… but normally a third round pick gets paid up front… Bosa is merely saying pay him what he is due to make as a third round pick OR… if the Chargers cut him… He will have to get hired elsewhere and the chargers will pay him what he is due minus what he gets paid elsewhere…

    IF BOSA SIGNS THE CHARGERS CONTRACT… HE CAN BE CUT AND LOOSE 9 MILLION DOLLARS!!!!

    Now why would the Chargers cut Bosa you ask? Well it was in pre season where the much smaller Bosa was manhandled by the LTs of the chargers… so now the Chargers want him to sign a contract that third rounders never sign so they can cut him and save money if he does not pan out…

    Bosa would be crazy to sign that contract… but he would also loose out if he were to sit out a year… the real bad guys in this story are the Chargers who have had over 21 first rounders miss games due to hardball contract negotiations… the Chargers did this to Eli… LT… and even their fan base when they tried to move to L.A… they are truly ruining Bosa’;s image and risking his money with these underhanded tactics.

  12. I don’t blame the guy for trying to get the deal he wants. It’s business for the Chargers but this is Bosa’s LIFE we’re talking about. I say get all he can get, while he can get it. These teams make enough money, they can afford it.

  13. Rob Murphy says:

    ….combined with choosing Leaf over that other QB that was available, is there any question this team holds the ignominious distinction of being the worst drafting team in NFL history?
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    They had the #2 pick in 1998 they didn’t choose Leaf over Manning the Colts took Manning #1 and Chargers took Ryan Leaf second

  14. He will sign the day before the season starts to get all the game checks. It will be fair, he will lose 300k in interest on his bonus and the chargers will lose him for 4 games while he gets in shape and learns the defense.

  15. mongo3401 says:
    Aug 19, 2016 11:21 AM
    It’s about time NFL teams stop paying huge sums of money to rookies who have not played one snap of NFL football.

    If I release an employee, for any reason, I should be required to keep paying him? Er, no
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    You really do not seem to know how any of this works. The whole point of the rookie wage scale implemented with the last CBA was to prevent exactly that. Under it’s terms his compensation is largely written in stone. The only real things that are negotiable are how/when the bonus is paid and the offset language.

    And yes, if you release a contracted employee with a guarantee in said contract prior to the end of the contracts term for any reason not spelled out in it you are indeed going to have to pay them.

  16. Question: If the Chargers fail to sign Bosa and waste a #3 draft pick (especially when they spent so much time post draft saying ‘this is our guy; this is the guy we always wanted; there was never even a close second choice’) combined with choosing Leaf over that other QB that was available, is there any question this team holds the ignominious distinction of being the worst drafting team in NFL history?
    Couch, Russel, Mandarich, etc . . . all yikes bad, but to have a #3 that literally gets flushed AND Ryan Leaf for one team. That’s potentially historic, right?
    And I’m a Chargers fan…
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    Let’s not forget drafting Eli even after he was adamant he didn’t want to play for SD….and look who won rings.

  17. $3 million isn’t enough for a down payment on a house, really?? I know SD is expensive, but even if he wants to move to Rancho Santa Fe that’s more than plenty. Get a house in Rancho Bernardo, Scripps Poway, etc. He can find a respectable house for 700-800k

  18. I’m surprised that the Spanos family aren’t pushing for the taxpayers to fund Bosa’s contract. Ballot Measure B.

  19. Uh Hello Mrs Bosa – Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys here, how’s about I fly you & Mr Bosa over here to Dallas on my private jet, so’s we can hammer us a deal out for the services of your boy? uh…would you like that Mrs. Bosa? OR may I call you Cheryl?? Oh now don’t worry about San Diego – we’ll make us a sign n trade deal that’ll make them happy but you & your boy lots of money…now what do think about that??

  20. pick619, you dummy

    The point is the interest or return on investing 3 million dollars over 1 year / season is enough by itself to be a downpayment on a house.

    you don’t give the chargers a zero interest loan. They are rich. The owners OWN an NFL team.

    Bosa’s family has EVERY right to be pissed.

  21. “”Well, he is on their team so I’m glad they talk to him at least!

    No he’s not on their team, that’s the whole point of this. Until he signs on the dotted line he is not a Chargers employee in any way shape or form.

    The only relationship at this point is that the Chargers own his NFL rights until the draft next season. At which point he can be drafted by any team as part of the normal draft process.

    Of course he would probably drop a minimum of 2-3 rounds for not having played in a year, and lose millions in the process, but its his choice.

  22. Just pay the guy what he is due. Why is that so hard for the Chargers?

    People keep acting like Bosa is the only one that loses big if he doesn’t sign. The Chargers lose their #3 pick if he doesn’t sign. They cant trade him, and they get 0 compensation.

    Last time I checked a first round #3 pick is usually valuable.

  23. The 2016 Chargers have a lot of holes, poor depth, and aren’t going to be competitive with or without Bosa. It won’t matter if he joins the team right before the season starts.

  24. What I can’t understand is after all these weeks and all these posts about this issue, certain folks still can’t understand one concept:

    The 25-26 million Bosa will get will be guaranteed. They are not fighting over the amount of money.

  25. People are quick to criticize the Chargers, but these are standard provisions every player who has joined the Chargers signed. They don’t want to set a precedent breaking it for Bosa. Bosa really should sign and prove himself cause he will lose tons of money if he waits too long.

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