Chargers statement on Joey Bosa

[Editor’s note: The Chargers have issued a statement regarding the stalled contract talks with defensive end Joey Bosa. The full text of it appears below.]

The San Diego Chargers issued the following statement regarding the contract negotiations with 2016 first-round selection Joey Bosa:

Our contract discussions and offers to the representatives of Joey Bosa have been both fair and structurally consistent with the contracts of every other Chargers player.

Our offer included:

1. An initial signing bonus payment that is larger than any player in the League has received in the last two drafts.

2. More money in this calendar year than every player in this year’s draft except one (QB Carson Wentz).

3. The largest payment and the highest percentage of signing bonus received in the first calendar year of any Chargers’ first-round selection since the inception of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (2011).

We gave Joey’s representatives our best offer last night, which was rejected today.  The offer that we extended was for Joey to contribute during all 16 games and beyond.  Joey’s ability to contribute for an entire rookie season has now been jeopardized by the valuable time he has missed with his coaches and his teammates. Since Joey will not report at this time, his ability to produce not just early in the season, but throughout the entire season, has been negatively impacted.

As a result, we will restructure our offer since Joey will be unable to contribute for the full 16 game season without the adequate time on the practice field, in the classroom, and in preseason games.

92 responses to “Chargers statement on Joey Bosa

  1. 1. The contract is for 4 years, so it’s not just a matter of what’s paid out in year 1. It’s how it’s structured over the next 3 years.
    2. Bosa is the third pick. It’s expected he would receive more cash this year than anyone but two players. So, while SD may be offering a little more than necessary it’s more or less in-line with expectations.
    3. It’s the highest SD has drafted since 2011 (actually 2004), so this should be expected.

    I’m not saying that SD is completely at fault. Bosa’s total deal is known, it’s the details at this point. But, I think SD is a billion dollar business tripping over a couple million dollars. Yes, that’s a lot of money – except when you’re a billion dollar business, it’s only a few tenths of a percent.

  2. Hard to fault the Chargers here. More money up front than every other pick except Wentz. Still declines. I’m over this. Now I’m just pissed the Chargers wasted a pick on this nut job.

  3. I’m just a couch jockey and not an agent but if the statement is true, I think I might become an agent because I feel I could make better decisions for my client. Fire’em Joey and look me up please

  4. Since the Chargers haven’t drafted anywhere near as high as 3rd overall since 2011, that makes point #3 pretty meaningless. However the other 2 points are very interesting, if true.

    Assuming #1 and 2 are true, Bosa is a d-bag for not realizing his agents (and mother) are costing him millions. Good luck with that strategy, Bro.

  5. It’s really starting to look like he might actually sit out and re-enter the draft next year. Never thought it’d happen. I’m sure the Chargers didn’t either.

  6. Glad the Chargers did not give in more than they already have to a player who will NEVER be a permanent starter anyway, being a #1 draft bust runs in the family with dad and couple Eric Kumerow.

  7. He is an Urban Meyer, Ohio State product, does anyone expect him to actually produce in the league? Everyone said this guy didn’t have what it takes to succeed in the League.

  8. Joey Bosa is getting some BAD advice from someone. The kid goes back into the draft in 2017 and he will get a fraction of what he would have gotten this year. The ironic part ? By the time the 2017 draft rolls around he would have already collected the second half of his signing bonus SMH instead? Nada

  9. So…the next offer you make him will only be for 8 games worth of pay? What if he signs after week #2 and is due 14 weeks worth of pay? Still going to hold him to the 8 weeks you’re offering.


  10. So…no mention of offset and no specifics of deferred bonus income? Just a relative “he’s getting it faster than other guys we drafted”? Let’s see what Bosa says. Guy is screwing himself, but he’s making a stand that more players need to make against management.

  11. Joey Bosa is an idiot
    His agent is an idiot

    He could have been a solid contributor and play maker this season but instead decided to hold out over contract language???

    You’re a ROOKIE who hasn’t played a down in the NFL!!
    You have no leverage to demand anything!!

    Typically the Chargers are to blame as they have screwed up situations like this several times
    Not this time!

    Blame Bosa
    Blame his Mom
    Blame his agent

    All idiots!!

  12. This negotiation is not going anywhere good. My guess is that we may not see Bosa play this year at all.

  13. Didn’t see anything about offset language. I guess next will be a statement from Bosa camp. And wouldnt be surprised if part of it was that he will sit out the season and re-enter draft. At this point how can you have a good relationship going forward.

  14. Nice work San Diego – nothing like pissing the player off even more. You want the citizens to pay for your stadium? How about paying your players?

    Or can you get a local tax passed to help with that as well?

    I’m done with sympathy with owners – pay for your own offices like the rest of America’s business owners do.

  15. If he sits out the year and enters next year’s draft he’ll be lucky to go before the middle of the first round. At that point he will have lost any leverage he thinks he has now.

  16. Wow, Chargers front office doesn’t have the best reputation, but that was a solid move to put Bosa on Blast like that. His agents just cost him a TON of money. If there is one player’s career to take an example from regarding the repurcussions of holding out on a rookie deal, it is Michael Crabtree. Best wide receiver I have ever seen in college. After his holdout he showed up out of shape and confused by the speed and complexity of the NFL game, which in my opinion did irreperable harm to his career development. He has been playing catch up ever since.

  17. Just wow.

    “Our contract discussions and offers to the representatives of Joey Bosa have been both fair and structurally consistent with the contracts of every other Chargers player.”

    While this is 100% true, this was also 100% the problem because it wasn’t structurally consistent with other top 3 draft picks. However if (and it’s a big if) what the rest of the Chargers leaked is true, this is now on Bosa. It appears the Chargers caved on the issue they needed to cave on. What I want to see is how the Chargers plan to “reduce” the offer in today’s NFL. And how much longer the GM has a job for wasting a #3 overall pick.

  18. so IF he sits out and redrafts next year . . . where does he get drafted? and how much $$$ is he going to lose??? . . . he was drafted higher than he should have this year IMO

  19. I guess it is just bad luck the way this sort’ve thing keeps happening in San Diego (Leaf, Manning, Manning, Schottenheimer, Brees, Bosa, etc.).

  20. Bosa is a total moron. He’s letting his mommy and his agent ruin his NFL career. If he ever ends up playing they are going to have to change the rules so that his mommy and his agent can hold his hand during the game.

  21. There are three sides to every story – The Chargers, Bosa’s and the Truth.

    San Diego owners are known and confirmed liars. I get it from Chargers’ fans. I’m wth you, but there is another side to this and it’s a business side. The guy is taking a stand on what they think is a critical issue. It’s not the dollars and SD knows this. That’s exactly why they are trying to make it look like it is the dollars.

    Big mistake by the Chargers to publicly shame Bosa. They have done their part to make sure the relationship is irreparably damaged.

  22. I wonder if his mom is going to be in one of those Chunky Soup Commercials? “After a long day of standing in the unemployment line, my boy likes nothing better than a whole,hearty bowl of Chunky Soup!”

  23. Where is the Union now? They come charging to players rescue any other time. They need to be going after this guys Agent! The guy is so greedy he has blinders on and is obviously giving bad advice.
    Put him back in the Draft and award the Chargers another pick…
    We will watch this guy go to the 3rd round!
    Let him be some other teams headache!

  24. The offset language is just to guarantee he can double dip if he gets cut and signed to another team ! Really Joey?

    Cmon man, your days in the NFL are numbered and you’re only shortening your career by holding out.

    Chargers should sign him and then trade for a draft pick next year.

    Oh yeah Spanos is the number 1 worst owner in the league …. again !

  25. Bosa is your prototype overrated Buckeye Meathead.

    Big neanderthalic Chin & head along with being VASTLY overrated. Why the Bolts didn’t draft the best DLineman on the board or Zeke baffles me.

    Rivers need protection & weapons not overatted DE’s not suited for the 3-4.

  26. This had to be about more than offset language. Although rarely, I side with the team here. I’m all about precedent. What’s to stop the next guy from strong-arming the team simply because he doesn’t want to play for that particular organization or within a certain market — or whatever comprised Bosa’s specific aversion?

  27. When the Chargers picked him, I cheered because he wouldn’t be available for my team to pick him. Noah Spence will be a better player in every way.

  28. He is asking for 1 of 2 things: No offset language or no bonus deferment.

    The Chargers won’t give him either one.

    Other teams do. Especially with top 5 picks.

    They could have signed him in May.

    Chargers fans wonder why their team goes nowhere.

  29. You have to say it is a gamble from Bosa’s side. Good on the Chargers for not caving. If he is re-drafted next year, there is no way he goes number 3 and it costs him millions.

  30. well done but not sure why you drafted him to begin with .. rivers needs to stay upright to throw TD’s .. should have gone OL.

  31. The issue for the charger’s is … they are in a box.

    If they claim that they made a reasonable offer and behaved in a professional fashion then you have to conclude Bosa is an idiot.

    San Diego picked him third over all. After interviews, back round checks, probably a PI … it is a multi million deal.

    So. After all their diligence, did they make a really bad pick? Who on the Charger’s is responsible? Remember, the player cannot choose the team … in the draft the team chooses the player … they have to own it.

  32. Cue announcement before 9 PM tonight:

    “Joey Bosa Signs Restructured Deal with Chargers–Loses More than $1 Million.”

  33. But what doesn’t get printed is that San Diego wants him to take payments on all that money, something no other draft pick has had to do. They also want deferment money in case they cut him and someone else signs him, something no other draft pick has had to do. The Chargers still haven’t learned after the Manning debacle that they are not an island and can make up their own rules as they go. They want to spread Bosa’s money out because they cant afford him. They spent all that money trying to move to LA and couldn’t compete with Kronke’s wallet and lost that bid. Now they are so broke they can’t afford to pay their draft pick consistent with what other teams are doing with their draft picks. The chargers have to wait for ticket sales and refreshments to make payroll. They should have just traded out of the number 3 slot, there were a ton of suiters, they would have saved money by not having to pay a later pick the same amount, and you can’t try to short change on of the drafts top picks, but the 15th – 36th pick they could have forced to sign that stupid contract.

  34. It’s never been about the total number, it’s always been about the offsets which they declined to mention. Any of you blaming only Bosa and co need to read up on how shady SD is being with the offset language in the deal.

  35. Time for Bosa to call a press conference to announce he’s NOT signing with the Chargers and will re-enter the draft next year.

    Screw you Chargers, and you got nothing for your 3rd overall pick in the draft.

  36. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Aug 24, 2016 2:50 PM
    This had to be about more than offset language. Although rarely, I side with the team here. I’m all about precedent. What’s to stop the next guy from strong-arming the team simply because he doesn’t want to play for that particular organization or within a certain market — or whatever comprised Bosa’s specific aversion?

    1 1

    That’s a great story, if ANY of it was true. It isn’t the player attempting to strong arm. Top 5 picks since the new CBA have received EITHER/ BOTH of (1) full bonus payment up front or (2) no offset language.

    The Chargers, quoting “team policy”, not precedent or what 31 other teams do, have refused to do what OTHER every team does.

  37. Archie Manning must know something, getting Eli out of that mess of a franchise was brilliant.

  38. Chargers are idiots. Here is the spin, these 2 points tell that they are still playing games. When have they had a pick this high since 2011? Oh, that would be never. So despite having picks #18,18,11,25, and 15 in those years, the #3 guy should take fall in line with prior year mid round guys.

    “structurally consistent with the contracts of every other Chargers player.”

    “3. The largest payment and the highest percentage of signing bonus received in the first calendar year of any Chargers’ first-round selection since the inception of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (2011).”

  39. “The largest payment and the highest percentage of signing bonus received in the first calendar year of any Chargers’”

    But still lowest paid out of the top seven draft picks this year. Nice try.

  40. If Bozos camp fires off a retaliatory statement he’ll fall to the 7th round or worse next year. GMs remember things like this Joey.

  41. Oh, one more thing, this stuff about top three picks and such is completely worthless because the Jaguars are heavily involved in giving those contracts with no offset language. Something they do as a franchise and are only one of two in the NFL. The “facts” aren’t wrong per say but the spirit behind them is irrelevant since the only two teams who do it completely opposite the other 30 are involved significantly in the totals.

  42. Lot’s of hate going Bosa’s way. Not a fan of either side but should be very interesting how this plays out for SD with future draft picks and free agents. Get ready to see a lot more “Eli’s” being pulled.

  43. This is a great illustration of why the Chargers are a horrible franchise. No wonder San Diego doesn’t want to give them a stadium.

  44. Hey Bosa – you are an idiot!

    Do you really think ANY GM will take a chance on you next year? Why would any GM put themselves in this position and risk their own jobs over you? THEY WON’T.

    You won’t get drafted next year in either the 1st or 2nd round, because the GM’s will avoid you and your reps like the plague that you are.

    You have no choice but to sign this year, or lose multi-millions of dollars.

    Hey Bosa – you are an idiot!

  45. Some clever wording there in that it never mentions that they want him to take payments on that signing bonus money. The issue as reported from the beginning was that he didn’t want payments on the signing bonus if he was going to approve the offset language. And apparently no team other than the Chargers demands BOTH payments and offset language with top 5 picks.

    Do things differently than any other team and you’re going to run into problems like this. And the Chargers seem to be fighting over somebody regarding contracts nearly every year.

  46. His father is rich, and his mother is mob royalty. He doesn’t care about the money. He’s not backing down.

    Isn’t that exactly the quality you want in a defensive lineman?

  47. The parsing of the words is disingenuous at best. But there sure is a lot of Bosa hate being generated by a statement that did not cover the 2 issues we know to be the sticking points. Negotiating in public only casts it in an even uglier light

  48. Both the #2 and #4 picks have similar terms. No offset and a % of the signing bonus paid in 2017.

    SD’s last offer was paying 85% of his SB in 2016 and deferring only 15% to 2.5 months later ( March 2017).

    Bosa’s camp rejected this meaning they are insisting on 100% of the SB in 2016.

    They are quibling over the interest on getting $2.89M 2.5 months later.

    At 5% this is $12,000.

    The agents seem to be doing this entirely on principle. SD is wise to start clawing back the $ as they will be getting less and less return for yr1 as he sits.

    They could make him sit the entire year now and reenter the draft next year for all I care given his agents don’t seem to care about the interests of the club, so why should the club care about their player.

  49. Judging by a lot of the reactions here, most people are still easily fooled by PR language.

  50. I will be suprised if Bosa goes before the end of the 3rd round next year.
    He will never be able to make up the money he is losing out on now.

  51. Every NFL team owner and GM is watching this from the sidelines and thinking “thank God we didn’t draft Joey Bosa”. Great learning opportunity for all teams on avoiding greedy players that are unduly influenced by family and agents.

  52. If he sits out this year, he’ll DEFINITELY make a LOT LESS money next year because:

    1. ALL 31 other teams will avoid him in the first two rounds because they’ll see him as a problem child that won’t be easy to sign.
    2. Having not played in OVER a year, he won’t be in football shape. Therefore, more prone to a POSSIBLE season-sending injury.

    Based on her previous comments, his mom is probably driving this bus and she’s costing him MILLIONS!

  53. Okay! The Dolphins will step up here. We will give the Chargers Dominique Suh staight up for the rights to Bosa. Bosa is a South Florida resident. We love overpaying players, so Ross will be happy to make the trade. In fact, if he signs, we will send them Kiko Alonso too! You don’t have to thank me!

  54. good, the SB champ Vikings can pick with with the last pick in the 2nd round next year. Zim will make him a star and he can take aging Robison’s spot on the line.

  55. The Chargers are getting no help from this top draft pick and they really need it so they need to cut this guy and move on a play with what they have. Wasted draft pick and nothing from nothing equals nothing and apparently this Bosa character is nothing…zilcho. Move on Chargers.

  56. WAY BETTER for the Chargers to take this position than get stuck with a Ryan Leaf deal.

    They learned from the last time.

  57. Who is driving the Bosa bus anyway? I don’t think it’s the player. His family and agent are in charge here. He should have fired them already. Now his future is at risk and what for. Sometimes standing on conviction is not worth it. He could make up the money the team is not giving him in endorsements. Now he will have nothing but a reputation of difficult diva for any team he will deal with in the future.

  58. So they put this out for what reason? Yes, now that they’ve publicly kicked him, he’s sure to come around and give his soul for the franchise. I say sign it, sandbag it, get cut or traded and move on.

  59. As a Vikings fan I’ve always heard that it’s places like San Diego that can get players to want to go there because of the weather… So what is up with this Bosa character? Cut ties SD, he’s clearly crazy.

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