Joey Bosa, perhaps the best prospect in this year’s NFL Draft, knows what he wants. Only the San Diego Chargers won’t give it to him.
Yes, with less than a month to go before the start of the regular season, Bosa remains unsigned, as he and the Chargers are at a standoff regarding his rookie contract.
Bosa, 21, apparently does not like the offset language contained therein.
“If you’re the Chargers, you have a precedent with your organization where every contract that you’ve done – particularly recently – has offset language,” San Diego Union-Tribune Chargers writer Michael Gehlken said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “It’s something that protects a team in the event that a player gets released for the back end of his deal. So every deal you have includes offset language, and every deal that you include with a signing bonus of this amount, at least some portion of the signing bonus is deferred into the next calendar year. So Joey Bosa, assuming he does sign this contract in 2016, there’s at least a portion of that $17 million that is going to (get deferred) into the next calendar year. They don’t just pay it all in that same year. They push some of it (into the next year). That’s what they’ve always done.”
For what it’s worth, Carson Wentz, the No. 2 pick in the draft, has offset language in his contract and money referred to 2017, as does Ezekiel Elliott, the No. 4 pick in the draft.
“So the way the Chargers see it, they’re fitting right in nicely between the second pick and the fourth pick, and they maintained their team precedent,” Gehlken said. “But right now, Joey Bosa’s representation is insisting upon (getting all of it now).”
Gehlken believes that Bosa absolutely will play this season, but he’s not sure if he’ll be signed and ready to go for the Chargers’ season-opener on Sept. 11.
“I would not comfortably wager there,” Gehlken said. “I don’t know. I think this thing could last until September. How deep into September, I don’t know. It could get done this month. That’s probably what Vegas would have it, if they were a betting man on this. But yes, this thing should get done by Sept. 11, you would think. But even then, if he is unsigned until, say, Sept. 3, eight days might not be enough to get him in football shape and ready to contribute and play meaningful snap against the Chiefs in Kansas City.”