Contract discussions between the San Diego Chargers and their top-rookie Joey Bosa grow increasingly tense.
Joey Bosa, who San Diego selected as the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, held out of training camp in hopes of negotiating a better contract. Today, however, he reportedly rejected what the Chargers considered their “best offer” to the rookie.
Actually, the team publicly released a statement about the Bosa situation this afternoon.
Statement from the San Diego Chargers on defensive end Joey Bosa. pic.twitter.com/BayBGeN22x
— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) August 24, 2016
In response to the uncustomary action, the player’s representatives released their own statement about the contract negotiations on Facebook.
“It is unfortunate the San Diego Chargers have decided to manipulate facts and negotiate in the media,” the post stated. “The team surely is not strengthening its relationship with Joey Bosa by taking this stance and making their position public.”
The rookie’s camp maintains that they will fight for the best offer for the third-overall pick. Until then, Bosa will remain the only NFL first-round draft pick still unsigned.
The reps certainly didn’t miss the opportunity to burn the Chargers:
“It is ironic that the team now takes issue with the timing of Joey’s arrival, since the Chargers unilaterally decided 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.”
It looks like the Chargers vs. Bosa drama won’t be settled lightly, or any time soon.
Last season, San Diego ranked 27th against the run and was 24th in sacks. Already the defensive line faces major problems, as the NFL suspended defensive lineman Damion Square four games yesterday for violated its substance abuse policy. With Bosa absent, the Chargers have had to rely on Darius Philon as a starting defensive end.
That being said, who will the holdout hurt more this season?