Joey Bosa holdout ends, but could the damage linger for the team?

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With defensive end Joey Bosa finally agreeing to terms with the Chargers, plenty of the people who were pressuring Bosa to cave will be ready to point to his holdout, if he struggles as a rookie. By next year, however, Bosa’s decision to stand firm will be irrelevant to his performance, after he has a full year in the system and the opportunity to participate in all of the offseason program, training camp, and the preseason.

For the Chargers, the stain may not wipe away quite so easily. Like the jersey on the mannequin in Cleveland with the names of all the starting quarterbacks since 1999, Bosa becomes the next name on a list of Chargers holdouts that dates back at least 15 years.

So why is it happening? Former Chargers safety Rodney Harrison addressed the topic earlier in the day on PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio and NBCSN.

“The San Diego Chargers are a bunch of bullies,” Harrison said. “If you look at the way they’ve handled business, why is it the San Diego Chargers out of all the teams have this issue? Because they are a bunch of bullies, and they haven’t treated their star players correctly. You look at junior Seau and what they did to him. Look at how they treated me. Drew Brees, Phillip Rivers held out, Quentin Jammer, LaDainian Tomlinson. I know he came out and he was outspoken about the holdout but — guess what? — he held out, too. So when I look at the San Diego Chargers, I’d say this is why they’re an average organization, because of things like this. How can you draft a guy at the position that you drafted him in and not have him in camp?

“I think the San Diego Chargers are being a bunch of bullies and it just looks bad and reflects bad. If I’m a free agent why the heck would I even think about going to San Diego if I know that this is the way they treat their players?”

It’s fair to wonder who the next holdout will be in San Diego. And it’s also fair to question whether free agents eventually will choose to sign elsewhere, if all other factors are equal. It’s the kind of perception that, if not reversed by the team, could force the Chargers to pay more than other teams will pay in order to get players to join the team — especially if the Chargers are on the verge of not being able to make living in San Diego a selling point.

33 responses to “Joey Bosa holdout ends, but could the damage linger for the team?

  1. Harrison is right. First time for everything.

    There was a run where SD was tripping over great players in the draft. But that run appears to be over and it will be tough to build a team when it has to be known around the league that this isn’t an organization someone wants to play for.

    If Archie can figure it out, literally anyone can figure it out. My dog just got it.

  2. philip rivers is obnoxious, but the chargers would be a perennial 2-4 win team if it weren’t for him. one of the most poorly run organizations in the league and it’s not close.

  3. “The San Diego Chargers are a bunch of bullies,”
    Lets see: Do they own the team? – Yes
    Are they tired of all the selfish players wanting more and more every time? – Yes
    Was LB Seau, RB Tomlinson, S Weddle, etc way past their prime? – Yes
    It seems to be hard for the primadonna players to understand that it actually is a business. The Chargers are running their team as a business.

  4. Nicely said Rodney and this is why when anyone hears your name they associate it with the Pats and not the losers in San Diego…..I don’t know what’s wrong with me today but this is the second Patriot I praised today, time to take my temperature and go to bed….this also makes me dislike LT that much more, sold his soul to the owners to help bully a kid…. clown

  5. Everybody wants to spend the Chargers money. It is their business to run. They are very happy to be an NFL owner and run their business as they see fit. That will not change. If you don’t like it, buy your own team and do what you want.

  6. I’m not a Chargers fan but I was on their side of this Bosa holdout. The reason? This kid has done absolutely nothing in the NFL. He could be the next J.J. Watt or he could be the next Vernon Gholston.
    I was hoping the Chargers would stick to their guns and call his bluff to sit out a year, but I knew they wouldn’t do it. Now he better walk the walk or he’s going to be another huge bust.

  7. paulnoga says:
    Aug 29, 2016 5:18 PM
    It is their business to run.

    Good thing they’re part of a cartel because otherwise, those business practices would result in closed doors ASAP. Don’t believe me? Listen to their customers.

  8. Harrison: At the time, the Chargers badly needed to be rebuilt, and there were fears that Harrison’s skills were declining. So when Harrison balked at a pay cut proposal, he was released.

    Seau: Seau’s skills were declining and he was often injured. Furthermore, he was referring to himself in 3rd person way too often.

    Brees: Brees was damaged goods. Brees’s shoulder joint represented “one of the most unique injuries of any athlete I’ve ever treated.” Andrews and two other surgeons mended the labrum with the unheard-of total of 11 surgical anchors (three or four is common) and also repaired the rotator cuff. It was the right move to let him walk.

    LT: He was 30 and the slashing, dazzling runs came less frequently. The yards didn’t pile up as easily as in previous seasons. LaDainian Tomlinson was slowing down because of injuries and age, becoming less and less the face of the franchise as his role was reduced in a pass-happy offense.

    Weddle: Weddle was once rewarded by previous general manager A.J. Smith by receiving the highest contract at his position (in the NFL) at that time. Weddle took it upon himself to sour the relationship and aired his grievances with the team out on local radio and TV. His skills eroded and he couldn’t tackle at all for his final year.

    It’s easy to blame the team but if you peel back the layers, you might be able to find the truth.

  9. Since the Chargers are gonna be terrible again this year, look for 1 of 3 things to happen with their top 5 pick:

    1) He pulls an Eli Manning and demands a trade after he forewarns the Chargers and they stubbornly take him anyway.

    2) Another holdout/ down to the wire negotiations that end up with clueless Dolts fans ignoring history and siding with management as yet another rookie misses training camp when they are arguing over peanuts in terms of a billion dollar organization.

    3) After several interviews with top candidates in privatewho threaten to go full Eli in public, the Chargers will be forced to either a) trade down to a lower pick so they can preserve their precious team precedents that have served them so well or b) reach for a guy projected to be a late first rounder who will be happy to take much more cash than his agents told him to expect. Naturally, if either a) or b) happens, the Dolts will say this is what they had in mind along.

    And that, folks, is how you insure you keep your perfect record of ZERO Super Bowls intact. Penny-wise and pound foolish as the Brits say.

  10. All the fools who blame the chargers: They will be at many, many, more owners meetings and for many, many, more years they will get 1-32nd of the huge owners money pie. They laugh at you and your insignificance.

  11. The point is they have run their business this way for quite a while and it hasn’t gotten them anywhere, except the opportunity to bicker with high draft picks, which I am sure they will get the chance to do again next year. If it isn’t working, why keep doing it?

  12. Running their business this way had a lot to do with them not getting the LA stadium. As for Rodney Harrison, he left dollars on the table more than once. He’s not typical.

  13. I can’t imagine anyone in the top 5 ever wanting to sign with the San Diego Cheapskates. And they’ll have plenty of top 5 picks for years to come.

  14. And LT, Reggie Wayen, Nate Burleson and Willie McGinest , John Lynch told Bosa to just take the $26M all guaranteed and sign so there you go. Fighting over getting some in 3 months vs now was ridiculous.

    Burelson siad he should have been in training camp while the paperwork was being worked out as a sign of good faith

    CAA felt otherwise which lost 10 days of negotiating.

    Rodney Harrison was just mad SD didn’t have $15M his agent wanted 13 yrs ago lol.

  15. Ive been a SD fan all my life and i hate to say it but Harrison is right. this owner$hit has been a complete joke for years, clutching defeat from the jaws of victory.
    bring in norv when we were superbowl contenders
    disassemble the only team that went to the superbowl the next year
    everytime we get close ownership tears it apart.
    hate spanos

    then again, the nfl has also been against this team. some teams simply get favortism on the field. no doubt about that.

  16. Maybe the Chargers organization needed to learn what “signing bonus” means. It means the money you get RIGHT AFTER YOU SIGN!! I never heard such stupidity in all my life when I heard that the Chargers didn’t want to pay Bosa his entire SIGNING BONUS after he SIGNED.

  17. i’d make him play every snap from now til the end of the season ! including special teams . make his tongue hang out , let him earn every penny of his salary .

  18. Don’t forget the Chargers hosing Jefferson and Dean in 81, poisoning the Super Chargers. Some people just don’t know bad owners when the Spanos’ have a hat saying ” Bad Owner”.
    Sure theyre rich and look down on us, but being cheap and classless isn’t covered up by money.

  19. Fred Dean and John Jefferson played for the Chargers when they were owned by Gene Klein. Spanos didn’t come along until 1984.

  20. Spanos is one of the few owners who want to defer the “signing bonus” $$$ till next year to have that little bit of interest to himself.
    Don’t blame Bosa here. Spanos is just again exposed, not embarrassed though, cheapskates don’t get embarrassed.

  21. It’s spelled Junior, btw.

    All those great draft picks they were tripping over left with Buddy Nix.

    The problem with the Chargers is that they just don’t have the money. That’s why the deferred bonus and the offset aren’t just bargaining positions, they’re business necessities.

    Say what you want about Eli, he knew what he was getting into, and made the best of a bad situation. Sucks for Philip though.

    Ownership is in over its head, and has been since the 80’s. The only thing keeping them afloat is the fact that owning an NFL team is a licence to print money.

  22. This is why I say I’m an NFL fan first before a Charger fan. I’ve lived in San Diego my whole life so I root for my home team. But at the same time I cannot ignore the absolute incompetence of ownership getting in their own way time and time again .

    I will always root for my home team but I have no delusions about how utterly embarrassing the Chargers look right now.

  23. Ahhhh, it’s hard not to laugh at the people who defend an ownership group that openly criticized a player for demanding full payment of his bonus (a $600k dispute), while that same ownership group has a referendum going that asks the taxpayers to pay them hundreds of millions of dollars to help the owners pocket billions.

    This is the same team that fired a 14-2 coach and replaced him with Norv Turner. That’s a real dedication to excellence.

  24. To the people who defend the Chargers for “running their team like a business,” just what the heck do you think Bosa is doing? Holding out was the savviest business decision he could make, and it literally cost him nothing to do it!

  25. This always happens. Bosa arrives late , pulls a hammy, lingers all year. Has another injury and only plays 6 games this year. Traded before year 4.

  26. I’m a Chargers fan and Rodney is dead on. The Chargers don’t take care of their guys. Spanos is one of the cheapest owners in the league.

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