Joey Bosa is playing a dangerous game with the San Diego Chargers. Not many people had the Chargers taking Bosa number three overall in this year’s draft. But they did and he was seen as a much-needed addition to a poor defence. However, Bosa has yet to sign his rookie contract and with training camp starting this week, people are now wondering whether Bosa will see the field this year.
“I don’t know,” Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said on 1090 AM San Diego on Monday, via ESPN.com. “I guess we’ll see. I really don’t know if he’ll (show up). We’re still working on it. Hopefully we’ll get something done, but I don’t know.
“We’ve never really had an issue signing draft picks since I’ve been here. We’ve actually been one of the quicker teams in getting guys done. Especially when it’s not really over money — or guaranteed money — I know people get puzzled by it.
“But it really just comes down to generally this — there’s some things that are negotiable, and money always is negotiable, obviously — but there’s certain things in contracts language-wise, whether you’re picked third, 33rd or 203rd, there’s certain things of consistency and doing things the same way for everyone on the team. And we’re far from uncommon with how we work. I know a lot of other teams probably operate the same way. We try to keep some things constant in everyone’s contract, whether you’re Philip Rivers or the 85th guy on the football team.”
The issue is that Bosa wants more of his bonus money now and the franchise don’t operate that way. Given that the pass rusher skipped the final OTA practice and a mandatory three-day minicamp last month, it isn’t far-fetched to think that he will now sit out training camp as well. It isn’t a smart move given rookie’s have so much to learn and every session this summer is vital. Especially as he admitted himself that he “didn’t win one rep in pass rush” on his first day. However, he clearly believes that this is something worth fighting for. Whether he is right remains to be seen.