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Joey Bosa’s Agent Issues Response

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The San Diego Chargers made a bold statement yesterday afternoon when they announced their version of the contract offer that was made to No. 3 overall draft pick Joey Bosa.

Our contract discussions and offers to the representatives of Joey Bosa have been both fair and structurally consistent with the contracts of every other Chargers player. 

Our offer included:

Ø  An initial signing bonus payment that is larger than any player in the League has received in the last two drafts.

Ø  More money in this calendar year than every player in this year’s draft except one (QB Carson Wentz).

Ø  The largest payment and the highest percentage of signing bonus received in the first calendar year of any Chargers’ first-round selection since the inception of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (2011).

We gave Joey’s representatives our best offer last night, which was rejected today.  The offer that we extended was for Joey to contribute during all 16 games and beyond.  Joey’s ability to contribute for an entire rookie season has now been jeopardized by the valuable time he has missed with his coaches and his teammates. Since Joey will not report at this time, his ability to produce not just early in the season, but throughout the entire season, has been negatively impacted.

As a result, we will restructure our offer since Joey will be unable to contribute for the full 16 game season without the adequate time on the practice field, in the classroom, and in preseason games.

As we broke down in yesterday’s piece, the Chargers did leave out a few details in their offer, but as accurately predicted, swayed public perception to their side.  Mission accomplished.

Today, Joey Bosa’s camp responded with their version of the truth on Facebook.

It is unfortunate the San Diego Chargers have decided to manipulate facts and negotiate in the media. The team surely is not strengthening its relationship with Joey Bosa by taking this stance and making their position public.

We have decided that we will not engage in public negotiations or discuss numbers and/or terms in this negotiation.

We will say, that it is ironic that the team now takes issue with the timing of Joey’s arrival, since the Chargers unilaterally decided to remain silent for the first 14 days of training camp instead of replying in a timely fashion to the proposal we made on the eve of training camp on July 28th.

At this point, all we can do is continue to fight for a fair contract on behalf of our client, as we do for all of our clients. The Chargers can focus on trying to sway public opinion, but our focus will remain on our client and securing a contract for him that is fair and consistent with his draft position. 

As we said yesterday, the Chargers will ultimately win this stalemate, assuming that feelings having been hurt beyond repair.  Bosa can not ever recoup the money he’s losing by sitting out and even if he were to get drafted by some other team next year, he wouldn’t be selected as high and thus the contract would be less than the under market deal that San Diego is offering.

If we had to make a prediction, Bosa will sign sometime in the next two weeks, probably the week of the season opener as San Diego would be forced to pay him his game check.

This is simply a fight he can’t win.


About Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein is the managing football editor for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade.  Charlie has hosted drive time radio for NBC and ESPN affiliates in different markets around the country, along with being an NFL correspondent for ESPN Radio and WFAN.  He has been featured on the NFL Network as well as Sirius/XM NFL Radio and has been published on Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN as well as numerous other publications.