On Tuesday, the San Diego Chargers gave defensive end and third overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft Joey Bosa a new contract they hoped would get the rookie to finally sign and get to work on the field.
However, he declined the deal, which offered him more money than any pick of the last two drafts and of any pick in this year’s draft aside from Carson Wentz, the second overall pick.
Because of this, the Chargers announced that Bosa would not be available to contribute for the entire 2016 season due inadequate time needed on the practice field. They released a statement on the issue and vowed to restructure the contract and would hope to get him signed before the beginning of the season.
“We gave Joey’s representatives our best offer last night, which was rejected today,” the team said. “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.”
The holdup on the contract has a lot to do with the perspective both sides hold on the money.
At this point, it is a very ugly situation and it seems that Bosa won’t be playing much, if at all, during his rookie year. If the hangup continues, we could see Bosa re-enter the NFL Draft in 2017.