With no deal, Chargers withdraw offer to first-rounder Bosa
Aug 25 2016
The San Diego Chargers issued a statement Wednesday via Twitter regarding 3rd overall pick Joey Bosa. On the same day that Joey Bosa's contract situation seems to have taken another bad turn, the team found out that defensive tackle Damion Square has been suspended four games. Negotiations stalled over how Bosa's $17 million bonus would be distributed and offset language in the contract.
" "More money in this calendar year than every player in this year's draft except one (QB Carson Wentz)". San Diego also said it believes the rookie defensive end may not play a full 16-game slate in 2016.
With the third preseason game approaching and no indication that progress is being made between the two sides, it would be somewhat foolhardy for the Chargers to bank on Bosa's contributions in Week 1. Of note in the offer: a large signing bonus and higher salary than nearly every draft pick this year, but that apparently wasn't enough.
But Umenyiora, who played 11 seasons in the National Football League winning two Super Bowls along the way, says it's not Bosa's fault for the stalled talks.
Bosa's father, John, is a former first-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins. The team revealed that it put forth its "best offer" to Bosa this week and got rejected.
It's not clear whether Bosa is willing to sit out the season.
"I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches, the entire Chargers organization as well as the fans", Square said in a statement released through the Chargers. "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 stalemate between the San Diego Chargers and top pick Joey Bosa has gone very public and has the potential to get very ugly.
The Chargers are continuing to play hardball with their highest draft pick since Eli Manning and it's looking like they may end up seeing no value returned for their atrocious 4-12 season a year ago.