Joey Bosa’s camp has countered the San Diego Chargers’ official statement with one of their own.
From the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Michael Gehlken, the statement from Bosa’s agent accuses the Chargers of manipulating facts and negotiating through the media.
Statement from Joey Bosa's agent Brian Ayrault: pic.twitter.com/UNxExvmY5Y
— Michael Gehlken (@sdutGehlken) August 25, 2016
The Chargers released their statement earlier this afternoon, saying their offer to Bosa is more than fair and that he’s hurting his team by not being at camp.
Bosa’s signing bonus is the main point of contention – he wants to receive all of it by the end of this season. According to ESPN’s Eric D. Williams, the Chargers want to pay him 85 percent of the bonus when he signs the deal and the rest in March, the start of the league’s new calendar year. They are also in dispute over offset language, found in many rookie contracts, that would save the Chargers money if they were to cut Bosa.
It is time for San Diego’s third preseason game, and Bosa has never participated in an NFL training camp, much less played in a game. The Chargers invested a lot hoping that he improves a poor pass rush. They have a reputation of playing hardball and the whole point of this rookie wage scale is to prevent this type of situation.
Whether right or wrong, the Chargers have to ask themselves an important question: Are we improving our football team right now?