The stalemate is officially over.
The San Diego Chargers announced that they have signed No. 3 overall pick Joey Bosa.
We've signed Joey Bosa to a four-year contract.
— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) August 29, 2016
After a contract dispute that lasted almost the entire preseason, the Chargers solidified a four-year deal with the defensive end from Ohio State.
Both sides went through a long ordeal about how guarantees in Bosa’s contract were distributed.
ESPN reported the deal is worth $25.8 million with a $17 million signing bonus. Bosa’s upfront signing bonus is the largest in team history.
“We look forward to having Joey join us and getting him prepared as quickly as possible for the 2016 season,” general manager Tom Telesco said on the team’s official website.
The Chargers released a statement last week saying that Bosa’s entire rookie season was in limbo after he missed San Diego’s third preseason game. He will not play in the team’s preseason finale and his status for Week 1 is uncertain.
Once he knocks the rust off, the 6-foot-5 Bosa should be a solid addition to San Diego’s defensive line. His skill level suggests he could be in the lineup on opening day. With all due respect to Darius Philon, Bosa is clearly the better option at defensive end alongside of Corey Liuget.
On paper, San Diego has a solid young defense with the likes of Jason Verrett, Melvin Ingram, Denzel Perryman and Liuget. Bosa should only strengthen that young nucleus.