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Rookie first-round draft pick and former Ohio State standout defensive end Joey Bosa is not off to a great start with his new employer, the San Diego Chargers.
Bosa, who has yet to agree to a deal with the team, recently rejected what the team described as its “best offer.” As a result, the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL Draft will now be offered a prorated deal for the amount of work he will be able to put into this NFL season — of which, so far, amounts to very little, considering he has yet to show up.
From the San Diego Union-Tribune:
San Diego’s best offer featured an 85 percent cash payout in 2016, sources said, or $14,464,630. While a source said that Ayrault has budged from seeking a 100 percent cash payout of Bosa’s bonus in 2016, it was felt the payout percentage was not large enough to end an impasse that has forced Bosa to miss all of training camp and now likely all of the preseason.
And here is how the San Diego Chargers responded when Bosa rejected their best offer.
By obliterating him.
Our contract discussions and offers to the representatives of Joey Bosa have been both fair and structurally consistent with the contracts of every other Chargers player.
Our offer included:
• An initial signing bonus payment that is larger than any player in the League has received in the last two drafts.
• More money in this calendar year than every player in this year’s draft except one (QB Carson Wentz).
• The largest payment and the highest percentage of signing bonus received in the first calendar year of any Chargers’ first-round selection since the inception of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (2011).
We gave Joey’s representatives our best offer last night, which was rejected today. The offer that we extended was for Joey to contribute during all 16 games and beyond. 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. 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.
(This tweet isn’t particularly relevant but is still a great tweet.)
Bosa is the world’s worst entry level employee. We all want great deals, man, but we don’t want to irritate the whole company in the process. That’s not going to look good in the future when you need a reference. Can you imagine what the veterans think of this guy’s punk ass? I assume, if he does ever show up to work, that he will not be greeted with a Chargers gift basket and a team lunch.
Luckily for Bosa, the Chargers are desperate for help on the defensive line and can’t risk losing a first round pick, so he will definitely get paid. Even though I’m sure the GM and team president would probably love to can his ass on principle. I’m sure all the negative PR flying his way today hasn’t helped with negotiations much, either.
Bosa, dude. At the end of the day, you and I are the same: Entry level employees. We aren’t in a position of power when it comes to negotiating terms. Just take what they offer, ask for a couple extra PTO days to see if they bite and go do your damn job. Respect the system. .
[via San Diego Union-Tribune]
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