“At the end of the day, this is what you love to do — you love to play this game,” Jackson said. “We get compensated very well, so at some point you have to talk to your agent, talk to the powers that be and like ‘I want to play football, do whatever you can to get me into camp.’ You need to show up to camp.
“We all know you can’t flip a switch and, ‘OK, I’m going to get 10 sacks or I’m going to get this many tackles.’ You have to actually build a rapport with your teammates, build a rapport with your coaches. And understand this game plays at a different speed. It takes a different type of conditioning to get yourself prepared week-in and week-out. So, there’s a ton that goes into it.”
Jackson isn’t the first NFL star to step up and address Bosa’s situation, either. Earlier this month, then-free agent cornerback Antonio Cromartie injected himself into the conversation, calling out Bosa and essentially telling him to man up and sign his contract.
On Thursday, former New York Giants cornerback Brian Witherspoon also addressed the Chargers-Bosa standoff, saying the highly-touted rookie must think he’s “bigger than the game.”
Joey Bosa is a prime example of a player thinking that he's a gift to a game that's a privilege to play. You're not bigger than this game.
One of the big questions about the Joey Bosa holdout has been how his would-be Chargers teammates will react to him if he ever does sign. Those in the locker room contend, however, that this won’t be an issue.
“We all want him here. When he is here, he is one of us,” coach Mike McCoy said, via Jeremy Bergman of NFL Media. “It’s the business side of it. We can’t wait for him to be here and help us win football games this year. … I promise you he’s working his tail off wherever he is. He’s a very talented player.”
Tight end Antonio Gates, meanwhile, said the team would be accepting of Bosa as soon as he set foot in the locker room.
Antonio Gates said Joey Bosa will be "welcomed with open arms" by Chargers players. Said it's a cardinal rule: Bolts support each other.
Bosa certainly won’t be ready for the season now, and this has grown downright toxic. The team clearly feels they’ve given Bosa more than a fair offer, while Bosa reportedly feels that he’s been disrespected by the Chargers. No end appears to be in sight, and neither party, particularly Bosa, seems to be doing themselves any favors.
Joey Bosa’s holdout is beginning to attract the attention of some NFL veterans.
Free agent Antonio Cromartie, who started his career with the San Diego Chargers, said Bosa’s continued holdout will raise questions in the locker room about what the rookie is all about.
“I think it’s going to be the veteran guys [who care about the holdout],” Cromartie told NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football,” via Andrew Lynch of Fox Sports. “It’s going to be his locker room presence. ‘What kind of guy are you really?’ Who’s really running the show? Is it your mom, or is it you? I think that’s what everyone is looking at. And I think Antonio Gates said it best, get your butt in here. Man up, do what you need to do. Tell your agent what you’re gonna have to do.
“I think that’s one of the biggest — I mean, I had a two-day holdout when I was coming in. But I was just like, ‘Look man, let’s get a deal done before I can get into camp.’ I think that’s the biggest part. They’re looking for you to come in and make plays and come in as a starter as a first-round draft pick. They’re not looking for you to sit on the bench, they’re looking for you to come in and make plays. They need you, and you need to try to build that team chemistry that’s with the guys in the locker room also.”
Bosa’s mother recently had some strong words regarding her son’s situation, which has only inflamed tensions. Bosa, for his part, reportedly feels that serious damage has been done to his relationship with the team. It doesn’t really matter who’s in the right, though — as Cromartie said, the veteran players on the team almost certainly won’t be impressed by this standoff.
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.
It is, of course, a reference to Eli Manning, who was drafted No. 1 overall by San Diego in 2004 but did not want to play for the franchise, leading to an immediate trade to the New York Giants for fellow rookie Philip Rivers.
A source did note to Michael Gehlken of the Union-Tribune that Bosa has no intention of seeking a trade, and that his mother’s comments don’t necessarily reflect his feelings on his holdout.
Bosa has not reported for camp, having not signed his rookie contract reportedly over the timing of the payment of his signing bonus. It’s worth noting that this is not the first time one of Bosa’s parents has spoken out about the NFL process.
Joey Bosa’s NFL career is off to an inauspicious start.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Bosa will not be in training camp on Friday as he still has not signed a rookie contract with the San Diego Chargers.
Bosa has already missed OTAs and the team’s mandatory minicamp, and now he’ll miss the start of training camp. The holdup is reportedly largely over the deferred payment of Bosa’s signing bonus. Offset language, which would allow the Chargers to pay the remaining portion of his salary instead of the entire thing should Bosa ever be released and sign with a new team, is also a sticking point.
“It really just comes down to generally this — there’s some things that are negotiable, and money always is negotiable, obviously — but there’s certain things in contracts language-wise, whether you’re picked third, 33rd or 203rd, there’s certain things of consistency and doing things the same way for everyone on the team,” Chargers GM Tom Telesco said earlier in the week, via ESPN’s Eric D. Williams. “And we’re far from uncommon with how we work. I know a lot of other teams probably operate the same way. We try to keep some things constant in everyone’s contract, whether you’re Philip Rivers or the 85th guy on the football team. So that’s kind of where we are. We’re still working through it.”
The Chargers targeted Bosa in the draft from the start. They probably didn’t bank on having such a hard time getting him into camp though.