Joey Bosa’s Rep Attacks Chargers

First-round holdout Joey Bosa‘s agent, Brian Ayrault, has issued an acerbic response to the Chargers’ Wednesday statement concerning the lack of progress in contract talks between the two sides. Via Adam Schefter of ESPN:

Joey Bosa

“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.”

We learned earlier Wednesday that the Chargers pulled their latest offer to Bosa off the table after the third overall pick declined it. Chargers president John Spanos later went on to refer to Bosa’s holdout as “absolutely asinine” and implied that neither the defensive end nor his agent have been reasonable in negotiations.

The Bolts and Bosa have been at loggerheads for months over signing bonus distribution and offset language in the 21-year-old rookie’s prospective contract. According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Chargers’ since-tabled proposal included an 85 percent payout of Bosa’s bonus in Year 1 of the deal. While Ayrault has budged from his insistence that Bosa should receive the entire bonus up front, per Michael Gehlken of the Union-Tribune, the Chargers’ increase from 61 percent to 85 percent wasn’t enough to lead to an agreement.

Photo courtesy of Pro Football Rumors’ Instagram account.

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54 comments on “Joey Bosa’s Rep Attacks Chargers

  1. Mr Fancy Pants

    Joey Bosa is a real woman. Entitled little jerk.

    • costergaard2

      They should make an example of him and move on. Let him sit out of football for free for a year. Meanwhile, the agent get paid nothing. Ha ha.

      • Justin

        This means that he’ll be a number 1 overall pick next year and make more I think he’s fine with that and so should his agent

        • tylerall5

          He won’t be 1st overall, he’d be out of football for a whole year.

        • No he won’t be 1 overall more likely lower end of the top 10. Difference between a top 3 and 10th pick is several millions which means he stands to lose even more than just this year’s salary.

          • He won’t even be a top 10 pick. He’ll have a full year of no football action (he can’t go to the CFL and he can’t go back to college). Plus, teams are going to drop him lower on their boards after this fiasco. What team is going to want to deal with this headcase next year?

        • Austin

          You really think Joey Bosa if he decides to re-enter the draft next year will go number 1 overall? Yeah right. A year away from football he’d be lucky to get drafted in the second round.

        • One Fan

          No way he goes number one. Zero chance. He will not even be in top 3

  2. Bruno

    The Chargers should reduce their offer $250k each day moving forward
    I am not a Chargers fan but they certainly have been more than fair with their offers. I am all for players getting what they can but this A hole hadn’t played a single down.

  3. Patrick

    I’m 100% on Bosa’s side. He has every right to do this. The NFL is extremely pro ownership right now. Any opertunity that a player has to exert leverage should be taken advantage of. The Chargers should end this standoff ASAP

    • TJECK109

      I’m sure that your stance will get the Chargers to come around. Bosa has a right and so do the Chargers who will be giving him MILLIONS of dollars. Extremely pro ownership? What does that have to do with anything? Every BUSINESS is pro OWNERSHIP.

    • SD Speak For Myself

      So are the Teamsters! No play…no pay. The agent is trying to be big man on campus.

    • Frank

      I agree with Shawn. It’s a SIGNING BONUS!!! Ounce you sign, you should get the bonus,,,,,, 100 percent of it.

      • TJECK109

        What makes him so special that he should get what no other rookie is getting?

        • Justin

          (Correction) Carson Wentz got that

        • Surprisingly a Bucks Fan

          He’s getting screwed to other rookies. Read more articles about it please

        • The thing is that most rookies have to agree at some point as they don’t have money to wait the team out and Bosa can wait them out .

          I think they all get paid way too much but, here I agree with Bosa teams try to leverage players to take what they want to give them because they know players have no real leverage.

          I am sure everyone thought that the same type of things back when the Dolphins lost Csonka, Kiick, Warfield to the World League for $3 million in 74, then things changed and players got more and more money so it’s possible things could be changing again never know.

        • okstate1983

          Because he is paving the way for every rookie to get what the deserve in a signing bonus! Pay me SON

        • One Fan

          Others do get 100% of the bonus up front

    • This whole rookie contract deal was agreed to by the PLAYERS in the CBA 2011. There’s really no reason this contract shouldn’t have been resolved months ago.

      Bosa’s agents are trying to mold the rules like this is 1995 and rookies in the top ten were always held out for salary negotiations. Sign the offer… Show up … Show out…. And take the lottery contract in year five. That’s how its done.

  4. Al Polanco

    Shame on Charger owner Spanos and front office for not getting a deal done! This team has a history of late signings, a team knows what it will require to sign a player prior to the pick. Trade him now or sign the contract for 100 percent of signing bonus and get him on the field. Billionaire squabbles over money, Asinine!

    • danray13

      The deadline to trade him already past

  5. JimBo

    This is on the agent, being an A-Hole!! He’s doing what his agent told him to do. Get it all or nothing… At this point it’s going to be nothing. If he re-enters the draft he won’t get much of a signing bonus at all!!

    • TJECK109

      Agreed. If the agent makes a proposal the team is not obligated to respond. Chances are the agent made an offer which was rejected and then slightly modified and submitted again. How many times does a team or agent have to make clear where they stand. The way his agent and mom have handled this is comical.

      • One Fan

        Tjeck you are clueless. The team does not need to respond to an offer from the players agent you say? That is absurd!

  6. bedbathandbiyombo

    I find it fascinating how many people are siding with the team in this situation. To those of you who say he should “earn it” first, couldn’t you argue that his play in college was “earning it?” And of course it’s a lot of money to you or me, and we’d take it in a heartbeat, but we haven’t put the work in that he has, and the risk of injury and health that he has. It’s easy for us to say “there are a million guys who would kill to be in Bosa’s position so Bosa should be grateful” But this isn’t a lottery that Joey Bosa won. He worked for it. Everything you do is worth something and if Bosa thinks he’s worth more than what the Chargers are offering, who are we to say he isn’t entitled to fight for it?

    • Bruno

      Chargers have offered numbers that would make him the second highest paid player in this draft. He and his representatives want him to be the highest paid player in the draft. He DIDNT earn that.

      • duitsmanksu


        • bedbathandbiyombo

          I don’t know all the details but I thought it was about when he would get paid, not how much he would get paid. in an age where we see so many current and former football players handicapped by injuries, shouldn’t we root for a guy getting as much guaranteed money as he can?

          • mrpadre19

            The guaranteed amount is not in question.
            Just when he receives the balance…..which the Chargers want to pay in March which they have done with every other drafted player since 2011.
            Everyone one of them had no issue with signing “their” deals……only Bosa and his Agent(and his Mommy)!

          • We should root for every player to get paid what he has earned. He has only showed that he has the “potential” to be a good NFL player, he hasn’t done it yet. Off his potential, he’s getting more money, than some seasoned vets have earned in their entire careers, yet that still isn’t enough? I’m all for these guys being paid, but at the end of the day, no one is forcing him or any of them to play, so let’s not act as if the unfortunate injuries that come along with playing the game, were unbeknownst to them or that the players didn’t have other career options, if they felt the game was too risky.

      • One Fan

        Bruno you have no clue what you are talking about. How can you claim Bosa is holding out to be the top paid player in the draft when its obvious a fabrication on your part

    • DarkGhost

      100% agree

    • You made really good points, however I disagree with premise that he earned the money that he is demanding, based on what he did in college. What he did in college, earned him his scholarship, it earned him the right to play for a big conference school to showcase his talent, and it earned him a chance to be drafted into the NFL. Based solely on his potential, the team is willing to pay him, before he has ever taken an NFL snap, because he had a good college career. The chargers or any team, would be fools to pay every kid out of college an absorbent amount of money, with huge guarantees, strictly off their college careers; that puts all of the risk on the club, and that’s a very dumb business decision that will insure that you won’t be in business for long.
      If he gets on the field and plays the way they and he thinks he can, he will make millions, either in SD or somewhere else, but if he’s a bust, who’s stuck with the bill?

      • bedbathandbiyombo

        I think that’s fair, that his college performance was “paid” in a sense by his scholarship and opportunity. I also think you make a good point about teams probably wanting to limit their risk on someone unproven, like a rookie. Where I may disagree with you is regarding playing players based on past performance. The NFL has proven time and again that they do not reward guys for past performance, especially running backs. So it kinda leaves guys in a position where they can’t fight for money when they’re new because they haven’t proven anything and they also can’t fight for money when they’re older but have come off a solid season or two. This leaves just a sliver of a couple of years where they’re most entitled to hold out. and even then they get a ton of backlash for holding out.

      • One Fan

        His scholarship was earned by his play in high school initially

    • Hilski17

      Agree 100%. What if y’all’s boss was like: “hey, I know what someone at your skill set is making, but I’m gonna pay you for 60% of that this year because I say so. I don’t care about you or your family, this is how we do things. Please and Thanks”. Look at there track record. Worst. Ownership (next to my Browns). Ever. It’s a shame, Bosa doesn’t need the money and he’ll set a precedent by
      Not signing and going back to the draft. Should have pulled an Eli.

      • Hilski17

        Also, think about the taxes. If he gets it all this year he plays tax once. Two times spread over two years and he looses a lot more then you think. 17 million at once goes to about 10 and change after government takes their cut. Chargers spread it out over two years, Bosa looses and extra 2-3 mil. Would you be upset if your boss did that to you??? My guess is yeah.

        • And once again, you comparing how someone is paid that it’s already doing their job, to someone that has yet to do anything, but give a really good “audition”. Until he has taken a snap, he is being paid for his potential, period.

      • That’s an apples to oranges comparison, but I’ll stick with the reference. Say you work at the same office, and you have been there doing your job, with a proven track record of success. Would you like the idea of your company paying some new guy, straight out of college, with no previous track record in your industry, coming in demanding a higher salary than that of your own, or bigger bonuses; just because they graduated high in their class?

      • ThePriceWasRight

        your analogy makes no sense with this situation. for one you get paid to work and so far he hasn’t worked. two we are talking about a bonus. I get a work bonus but don’t get that until I have worked.

        if my boss said here is your bonus for starting with our company it’s only 80% of the total you will get with the rest after your first year with us, I’d jump at that opportunity.

    • dawils

      Thank you Bernie Sanders, He’s earned nothing in the NFL. He should consider himself fortunate that the Chargers drafted him too high in the first place. Had he been drafted where most teams ranked him, he’d make much less. Take the $26 mil guarantee, establish a good rep, and stop planning on sucking to getting cut so you can double dip. Chargers have made mistakes in the past, but this aint one of them.

  7. duitsmanksu

    Bosa is such a b—-… Sign your deal and go to work… Nobody is gonna feel sorry for you if you “only” get 9 mil instead of 11…. Stop being a —–

  8. luvbeisbol

    This is delicious! Please don’t sign, Joey! Schadenfreude like this beats 99% of NFL games….

  9. charlienutlikka

    bosa is still a bona

  10. bedbathandbiyombo

    We hate on the NFL for not guaranteeing contacts and not taking care of handicapped players and yet we also hate on this guy who’s trying to get as much guaranteed money as possible. I just don’t get it.

    • ThePriceWasRight

      well I’m sure retired players would be more taken care of if players who hadn’t even put a foot on the field weren’t taking millions just to sign a piece of paper without proving anything.

  11. Dolato

    Fans being angry at the dollars being negotiated is ridiculous. NFL players are underpaid and don’t have the guarantees that other pro athletes have. Don’t be on the ownership side. Support the players.

    • Gilman321

      Thx you, wait until the lockout come, ppl will be pissed

  12. Bitter Sports Fan

    How bad does Bosa’s agent look now. If I’m a college player I never sign to that agency.

  13. Gilman321

    Everybody in that man’s pocket. Football isn’t kind, get what you can young man. Shit team will cut you in a heartbeat

  14. Toksoon

    Chargers are acting like they are poor, pay the man before he kills his body for you

    • Gilman321
  15. bowserhound

    It’s not even about money, it’s about WHEN he gets all of his money. Chargers want to give him most of it now and the rest in March.

    Bosa is a bigger baby than LeBron.

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