The last few months have been rough for the San Diego Chargers, but it finally seems like things are looking up for them. This was certainly apparent on Monday when their third overall pick Joey Bosa signed a four-year rookie deal and reported to the team, just two weeks ahead of their season opener.
It was reported by Michael Gehiken of The San Diego Union-Tribune that Bosa will be with the team into the future after signing his deal Monday. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported that it is worth $25.8 million with $17 million of it guaranteed.
The #Chargers and Joey Bosa reached a 4-year, $25.8M contract, source said. He gets a $17M signing bonus. It's all fully guaranteed.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 29, 2016
That number makes him the second-highest paid rookie in the 2016 NFL Draft class, just behind Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who signed a deal worth $26.67 million back in May. Despite this large of a contract, Bosa will not play the entire 2016 season as the Chargers have stated he has missed too much time to be able to adequately learn the playbook and contribute to the team on a 16-game basis.
This could certainly end up being a big coup for the Chargers as Bosa was one of the best athletes in this rookie draft class. It is hard to believe that he wouldn’t be able to contribute a good deal at some point in the 2016 season.