NFL Writer: Chargers Have Everything To Lose Here

The San Diego Chargers have pulled their contract offer to Joey Bosa, the third overall pick in the draft, as he is in jeopardy of missing regular-season games. The Chargers said that their latest offer included a signing bonus “larger than any player . . . has received in the last two drafts” and more money in this calendar year than every other player in this draft aside from No. 2 pick Carson Wentz.

At this point, it’s unclear when – or even if – Bosa will play for San Diego.

“How did it get to this point?” Yahoo! Sports NFL writer Frank Schwab asked on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “This wasn’t supposed to happen anymore, right? The CBA came along and everything is slotted. We don’t get these JaMarcus Russell and Michael Crabtree holdouts anymore, but here we sit and I can’t pick a side because I think both sides are screwing this up. Bosa, obviously you could argue that they’re offering him more money this year than anybody but Carson Wentz. It’s very true. It’s a lot of money, and he’s not being totally thrown under the bus here. They’re giving him a somewhat fair contract. But at the same time, I look at the Chargers’ side and I think, ‘What are we talking about here? Are we talking about an extra $1.7 million paid this year instead of in March? The Chargers are willing to lose the third pick in the draft over that? Really? That’s what we’re down to?’ So I think both sides are screwing this up. I think that’s it’s unreasonable for both sides. It’s crazy with this CBA that this even happens anymore.”

If Bosa and the Chargers do not reach an agreement, there’s no denying which side would be hurt more.

“Look, Bosa is going to go back into the draft next year and be a first-round pick again,” Schwab said. “I don’t care about this contract situation. Somebody is going to say, ‘Heck yeah, I’ll take Joey Bosa 15th overall.’ The Chargers lose a No. 3 overall pick. So I don’t think Bosa really loses anything here. I think the Chargers are the side that have everything to lose here. You can’t just get the third pick and let him go without ever signing him. Something’s got to give here, and I don’t know who’s going budge.”

While Schwab acknowledged that the Chargers have offered Bosa a lot of money, he still thinks they share blame for how negotiations have unfolded.

“I can’t take a side,” Schwab said. “Yeah, they’ve offered him a ton, and me and you sitting here say, ‘Wow, $14 million? It’s crazy for him to turn that down.’ But every other top-five pick basically has gotten one of two things: They’ve gotten offset language, or they get all their signing bonus in the first calendar year. One of those two things has happened for every top-five pick basically and now the Chargers won’t do it. I can’t side with Bosa because he’s turning down a ton of money. . . . I think Bosa is kind of being used by the agents here, but the Chargers, at the end of the day, what are you doing? Why can’t you come halfway on this? Just because of your principles? Because of this precedent that really you’re just making up? Both of these sides are just screwing up, and Joey Bosa ain’t going to be a good player as a rookie. Defensive end is hard in your first year, and he has no training camp, no preseason. Who knows when this is going to end? Both sides have just screwed this up so bad. I haven’t seen anything like this in a really long time.”

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