The contract negotiations between the San Deigo Chargers and their first round pick Joey Bosa have made a turn for the worst. It was well known that the two sides were far apart all offseason, but the Chargers made it public on Wednesday by posting a screenshot of a Notes document to their Twitter account.
Statement from the San Diego Chargers on defensive end Joey Bosa. pic.twitter.com/BayBGeN22x
— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) August 24, 2016
Bosa’s representatives responded with their own statement:
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.
Bosa rejected the Chargers latest contract offer. Then the Chargers revoked their contract offer to Bosa and now it is believed there is a good chance Bosa could end up not playing his rookie season.