Chargers’ Deadline To Trade Joey Bosa Passes

As first explained by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk last week, the Chargers had until 30 days prior to the start of the regular season to trade No. 3 overall pick Joey Bosa. That date has come and gone, tweets Adam Schefter of, and Bosa still remains the property of San Diego. The Chargers, Schefter adds, “never considered” dealing away the rights to Bosa.Joey Bosa

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The contract stalemate between San Diego and Bosa is centered around offset language and payout structure, as Bosa and his camp want the entirety of his ~$17MM signing bonus to be paid in 2016. San Diego, meanwhile, prefers to pay a “significant portion” of the bonus next March. The Chargers’ offer to Bosa is reportedly similar in nature to the deal agreed to between the Cowboys and fourth overall pick Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott will receive roughly 61% of his signing bonus during this calendar year, so using the same structure, San Diego wants to delay the payout of about $6.6MM of Bosa’s signing bonus until next March.

It’s important to keep Bosa’s family in mind, as Alex Marvez of The Sporting News pointed out yesterday, since the defensive end comes from a wealthy household and doesn’t have any pressure to immediately collect on an NFL contract. In theory, Bosa could survive a year-long holdout in order to re-enter the draft pool next year. Of course, after a year away from football, it’s unlikely that he would go No. 3 or higher in the 2017 draft. Bosa will be ineligible to play this season if he doesn’t sign by the Tuesday after Week 10.

Meanwhile, Bosa’s mother took to Facebook over the weekend with some interesting comments. “It bums me out for him so much,” she wrote. “Wish we pulled an Eli Manning on draft day.” Manning, of course, forced his way out of San Diego after being selected with the top pick in the 2004 draft.

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8 comments on “Chargers’ Deadline To Trade Joey Bosa Passes

  1. slpdajab55

    Another overpaid crybaby that has done nothing in the league yet. Good grief, what’s the difference if it’s guaranteed. Be humble and understand it’s a privilege to play in any professional sport.

    • Mo Vaughn

      Technically he isn’t overpaid… Yet. I agree with everything else though.

    • il2ga

      Hard to be overpaid when he has not been paid in the first place. I get where you are coming form though.

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  3. Surprisingly a Bucks Fan

    Read some of the facts on the other side, SD is being stupid in this

  4. The way I see it, if money is not an issue for Bosa…then what’s the harm of delaying some of the signing bonus for a year? If he truly believes he can be a great player (and won’t get into any issues his first few years) the offset language should also not be an issue.

    • Surprisingly a Bucks Fan

      think of the precedent he’d send if he takes a worse deal then any top 5 player has in past 5 years. every player in top 5 over the 5 years has either had the offset language taken out or bonus paid upfront, sd wants to do neither

  5. redking

    The fact is if Bosa had been drafted by any other team in the league he would be signed and in camp.

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