The longest rookie holdout since 2009 has finally come to an end. On Monday, the San Diego Chargers announced that they have finally come to terms with third overall pick Joey Bosa.
The Chargers and Bosa have agreed to a four-year contract for $25.8 million, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rappaport. This deal includes a $17 million signing bonus, which is the largest upfront bonus installment in Chargers’ history. Bosa publicly commented on the deal, saying:
I am very relieved. I knew it was going to get done. I was just surprised it took so long. I really left it mostly to my agents. That’s why I trust them. We just wanted what’s fair and what people in my position have gotten through the last five, six years. We came to a fair deal. There’s no animosity between any of us, me towards them or them towards me.
Though the Chargers have to be thrilled that their first round pick has signed with them, they also have to be feeling upset about all the time that has been wasted. Their Week 1 game against the Kansas City Chiefs is just 13 days away. Bosa is now so far behind all the other rookies, that he is in serious danger of making little to no impact during his rookie season.
Expect the Chargers to ease him into their pass rush rotation. Expectations are just going to have to be tempered here since it could take Bosa several weeks to adjust to the game at the pro level. The Chargers have to be happy that their first round pick is staying with the team and not re-entering the NFL Draft next season. Bosa meanwhile has to be thrilled that the drama is finally over with and he can just buckle down and get back to playing football.