No matter whose side you’re on in the battle between the Chargers and Joey Bosa, there’s one thing just about everybody can agree on — the defensive end’s first season in the NFL was wasted.
Even if San Diego somehow manages to “win” its stalled contract negotiations with Bosa, executives around the league believe the team will have wasted the third overall draft pick’s rookie season. At least, that’s what they’re telling Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, who writes that the Chargers are a running joke as a result of the mess they created with this situation.
“If Joey Bosa ended his dispute tomorrow,” said one NFC general manager, “he would barely get something from his rookie year. But it won’t end tomorrow. It could be weeks. So effectively, the Chargers threw away the rookie year of their own high draft pick.”
“His rookie season is over,” said another NFC general manager, “and he may not be a Charger.”
The sad part — well, one of the many — is that the Chargers seem to agree. The front office promised any new offer to Bosa would reflect the fact that he won’t be much help anymore this season, which is probably not the kind of message teams traditionally send to a franchise cornerstone.
There’s no two ways about it, even if the Chargers were right in what they were asking for, they bungled these negotiations. With quarterbacks slated to go first and second in the draft, San Diego knew well in advance Bosa was their guy and should’ve had some understanding what it would take to sign him.
Now, not only are the Chargers losing an important developmental year for Bosa, there’s a chance he’ll never suit up for the Bolts at all and enter the draft again in 2016. In fact, that scenario is looking more and more plausible by the day.