On Wednesday, the Chargers announced that former Ohio State defensive end, and third overall pick Joey Bosa has rejected the latest contract offer as his holdout goes on.
The Chargers issued a press release saying that they gave Bosa and his party their best offer last night which was rejected today.
The initial signing bonus offered to Bosa would have been the largest payment to a rookie in the last two drafts. Bosa would have been the highest paid rookie in the 2016-17 calendar year next to Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Chargers said they will now have to restructure an offer to best fit all the time missed by Bosa citing his inability to contribute for the full 16 game season without time on the practice field, watching film and preseason games.
“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,” the Chargers said in a press release. “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.”
A representative from Creative Artists Agency, the agency that represents Bosa, released a statement Wednesday night exerting frustration on the agency’s part that the Chargers decided to go public and “manipulate facts and negotiate in the media.”
The statement accuses the Chargers of “remaining silent” and choosing not to reply to a contract offer for 14 days after the agency made an offer on July 28. The Chargers reported to camp on July 29.
“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 our clients,” said Bosa’s representative. “The Chargers can focus on trying to sway public opinion, but out focus will remain on our client and securing a contract for him that is fair and consistent with his draft position.”
Bosa is the last drafted Buckeye yet to sign a rookie contract.