Report: Joey Bosa feels Chargers have caused ‘irreparable damage’
Joey Bosa has held out longer than any first-round draft pick since the new collective bargaining agreement went into place, and it appears there is no end in sight in his standoff with the San Diego Chargers.
According to Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole, negotiations between Bosa and the Chargers have “turned ugly” and the two sides have not spoken in weeks.
“Bosa feels there is irreparable damage that has been done with the relationship between the team and him,” Cole said. “The fact is the Chargers have not called back in nearly two weeks after Bosa’s agents gave the team a proposal. Bosa feels like he has been disrespected in this whole process and forced to take what the Chargers offered.”
Cole adds that Bosa believes the Chargers have made a “calculated” and “unfair” effort to get him to give in to their demands by having players like Antonio Gates come out publicly and say the former Ohio State star needs to show up to camp.
The issue between the Chargers and Bosa has to do with signing bonus money. While the new CBA is supposed to make rookie contracts fairly cut-and-dry, Bosa is unhappy that the Chargers want to defer some of his bonus money. The No. 3 overall pick wants all of his signing bonus up front.
While it would be a surprise if a deal is not eventually agreed upon, comments like the ones Bosa’s mother made give you a good idea of the current state of the relationship.