Published: Tue, August 30, 2016
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Chargers Take Back Offer And Joey Bosa Continues To Holdout


San Diego - Joey Bosa's holdout turned ugly Wednesday when the Chargers pulled their contract offer to the first-round draft pick and said they'll restructure a new deal that would reflect him playing less than a full season.

As a result, the Chargers suggested they would be forced to reduce their offer because he won't be able to play all 16 regular-season games.

The Chargers drafted the Ohio State defensive end third overall, but they have had trouble coming to an agreement on a contract.

If Bosa would have got his way, and been paid the full signing bonus of 17 million dollars immediately instead of having some of it deferred until next spring, he could have made a couple of hundred thousand dollars in interest.

The disagreement between the two parties is over the amount of guaranteed money that Bosa would receive from his contract up front, as opposed to the amount being spread out over the remainder of his deal.

Today, however, he reportedly rejected what the Chargers considered their "best offer" to the rookie.

With the Chargers firing the first shot via a public statement that vows to reduce dollars and following it up with ownership calling Bosa's position "absolutely asinine" on the record, the team will need to find a way to undo the slap in the face as part of a compromise.

To be clear, it certainly doesn't appear as if Bosa will be on the field for the first game of the season. It's tough to even pinpoint where he would land in next year's draft based on the time missed and what is considered a stronger overall draft class.

We will say, that it is ironic that the team now takes issue with the timing of Joey's arrival, since the Chargers unilaterally chose to remain silent for the first 14 days of training camp instead of replying in a timely fashion to the proposal we made on the eve of training camp on July 28th.

On Aug. 24, the team issued a statement breaking down what they offered Joey in their contract.

The next question, which at this point is legitimate, is does Bosa actually want to play for San Diego? If that's the case, Bosa only has one option. What happens then? He's basically off the hook with the Chargers, and can re-enter the draft.

"We all know you can't flip a switch and, 'OK, I'm going to get 10 sacks or I'm going to get this many tackles.' You have to actually build a rapport with your teammates, build a rapport with your coaches".

Bosa sitting out his rookie season isn't what the Chargers want, and it probably isn't what Bosa wants either. Bosa is inclined to sit out until the Chargers present what his camp deems a viable offer. Darius Philon is listed as the starter, followed by Tenny Palepoi, Zamir Carlis and Bosa.

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