John Spanos doesn’t regret taking Joey Bosa dispute public

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San Diego Chargers president of football operations John Spanos was flabbergasted by the continued standoff between the Chargers and defensive end Joey Bosa and unloaded on their first-round draft pick last week.

The public comments from Spanos followed a public statement from the team taking their bargaining position into the open in hopes of turning sentiment against their top pick and nudging him toward signing a contract with the team. Bosa did finally sign his rookie contract with the team five days later.

Despite the poor look it cast on the Chargers for publicly slamming a player they felt worthy of the third overall pick in the draft, Spanos said Wednesday that he doesn’t regret the decision to take the dispute public. He discussed the matter with Judson Richards and Nick Hardwick on XTRA 1360 in San Diego.

Obviously, it was a difficult decision,” Spanos said, via Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com. “Any time you’re in a tough negotiation, everything you do is a difficult decision. And let me be clear: It’s certainly never our preference to make any public comments. It’s not how we’ve operated in the past, I would say, and only [on] the rarest of occasions.

“In fact, I’ve probably been involved in hundreds of player negotiations and contract agreements, whether it’s helping out or leading, throughout my lifetime, and that’s the first time I’ve ever said anything public.

“So that shows you how rare that is. It’s not what we prefer to do — only, I would say, when we’re forced to do it. The bottom line is if someone were to tell me that’s why we got it done, then, yeah, I would do it again, because our goal the whole time was we wanted him here. And we were going to do whatever it takes to get him here.”

While presenting actual terms of their offer is a new step for San Diego, it’s not the first time they’ve negotiated in public. They previously threatened to scale back Philip Rivers’ rookie contract if their offer was not accepted as then-general manager A.J. Smith publicly stated that “negotiations have broken down.

That deal also eventually got done.

Now the process will have to begin of patching up any frayed feelings on both sides that were incurred due to the lengthy – and public – dispute. The two sides will be joined together for at least the next four seasons. They’ll have to learn to get along.

“Joey’s obviously a very talented player,” Spanos said. “You go No. 3 in the draft for a reason. He has a very unique and special skill set.

“I still stand by the fact that I think every player needs training camp to get ready for the season. But I will say this: Now that he’s here, he’s going to work very hard to get ready for the season. I do believe that it’s 100 percent true that he has been working very hard. I think for a player to go through his situation and coming in this late, we’re in probably the best scenario you could be in, given that situation. He’s as ready as a player could be. He’s going to work as hard as a player can work. So I do think he’ll be able to help us this year.”

19 responses to “John Spanos doesn’t regret taking Joey Bosa dispute public

  1. The charger way is usually the wrong way. The consistent factor in the many questionable moves, tactics, hard line stances etc is the spanos family involvement.

    The Chargers got lucky and hit on a few great drafts in the middle of the last decade. They were even more fortunate Dan Snyder canned Marty after an 8-8 season in 2001.

    Marty developed that AJ drafted talent. And the Chargers haven’t had Talent development like that since they fired marty. Great teams draft AND develop talent.

    Success is not going to happen again while the spanos family is so heavily involved in operations. They are fumblers.

  2. If i’m an agent with a player SD wants and there’s an alternative for us with another team; with all things being equal, I shy away from San Diego based on the treatment just displayed with Bosa.

  3. “And let me be clear: It’s certainly never our preference to make any public comments. It’s not how we’ve operated in the past, I would say, and only [on] the rarest of occasions.”

    So… Spanos is willing to break Chargers precedent by publicly commenting on negotiations in which he DOESN’T want to break precedent with fully-paid bonus money?

    Way to double-down and make yourself look like a tool AND hypocrite.

  4. Seriously, did any other NFL owner really trust Spanos to be the owner of an LA franchise? What did you win here Spanos? Not much and you only furthered your reputation as a cheap SOB and an owner nobody wants to play for.

  5. And that’s why you have an organization that needs to move cities because you believe in your “principles”. What exactly are those and how have they worked out for you in the long run?

    Making sure rookies know they are lucky to be in the nfl at all seems like a good play to some, but you are fooling no one. Your team hasn’t been relevant in years and yet somehow, you feel like you hold the moral high ground in negotiating with a 1st round rookie and what, making him “earn” his signing bonus?!!

    Enjoy being in the basement…again.

  6. players and their agents will make san diego pay a premium going forward, as they are an unreliable negotiating partner.

    anyone else think this guy was born on third base and he’s bragging like he just hit a triple?

  7. Terrible ownership. Just poorly played. Realistically an owner can almost always expect a majority of fans to be annoyed with the player who wants more millions or his millions sooner, but somehow these bozos have managed to make themselves the bad guys with lots of real fans. Way to go.

    You do realize that NFL teams have an international presence and fan base and that no one is going to forget who you are when you change cities right?

  8. just because you born to wealthy parents, it doesn’t make you smart, a good business person, or a good leader. and it sure as hell doesn’t make you a football expert.

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