The Chargers announced Wednesday that representatives for Joey Bosa rejected the team's "best offer" to him on Tuesday night.
Bosa's camp responded later on Wednesday by picking apart the Chargers' original statement, according to Pro Football Talk, which cited a source "with knowledge of both sides’ bargaining positions."
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What Bosa — selected third overall by the Chargers in the 2016 NFL Draft — has taken issue with is the offset language and the team's insistence to defer half of Bosa's signing bonus to 2017. The Chargers in their statement said Bosa is getting "more money in this calendar year than every player in this year’s draft except one" (second overall pick Carson Wentz).
According to PFT, Bosa's reps say "Bosa should be getting more because he’s the third overall pick. The inclusion of No. 1 pick Jared Goff is misleading because he has a deal with no offsets on the guaranteed money. If the Chargers were to offer no offsets to Bosa, he’d accept the deferral."
Bosa is represented by Todd France, who also represents 2016 first-round picks Leonard Floyd (No. 9), Ryan Kelly (No. 18), Darron Lee (No. 20) and Will Fuller (No. 21). All were signed by the start of training camp, though Lee — a linebacker for the Jets who also hails from Ohio State — didn't sign until July 27 because of a disagreement over guaranteed money.
The Chargers say they offered Bosa a signing bonus "larger than any player has received in the last two drafts." Bosa's camp contends he wouldn't receive anything until September, and "multiple players over the past three years have been paid much more by this time than he would get."
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UPDATE: CAA, the firm that represents Bosa, issued a statement to PFT on the Chargers' original announcement, while calling out the organization for dragging its feet when Bosa's camp sent in a proposal on July 28.
"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."
Negotiating through the media is never a good idea, and this doesn't look like it's going to end any time soon — which is why the Chargers said Wednesday they're preparing for Bosa to miss games this season.
"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 team's statement said. "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. As a result, we will restructure our offer since Joey will be unable to contribute for the full 16 game season without the adequate time on the practice field, in the classroom, and in preseason games."