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First-round pick Joey Bosa holds out from Chargers minicamp

Contract terms are still being negotiated.

The Chargers began Day One of a three-day mandatory minicamp absent one player: Rookie first-round draft pick Joey Bosa.

Bosa, a defensive end out of Ohio State and this year’s No. 3 overall pick, is holding out over a contract dispute with the team. The Union-Tribune reported earlier today that the standstill surrounds the offset language in the team’s offer, which Bosa’s side wants eliminated (thereby ensuring that the Chargers pay the entirety of his four-year contract, even if he is released and signs with another team).

“We’re disappointed he’s not here,” general manager Tom Telesco said. “This is a big part of the learning process for all players — not just rookies.  But there is part of a business to this too, and we understand that. It’s part of being a professional athlete. 

“I’ll say the time he’s been here, [we’ve] been really impressed by not only his ability, but his work ethic.  That’s been great.  But that all being said, we’ve got to treat all of our players the same.  That’s the big thing.  We can’t do one thing different for one guy and the same for 89 others.”

Bosa, who finished his 41-game college career with 150 tackles, 26 sacks and five forced fumbles, is not yet signed with the Chargers, making the “mandatory” part of minicamp a gray area.

He is the only player among the top 19 draft picks to remain unsigned.

“These things tend to get worked out,” Telesco said. “It’s June. We’ll just keep going.”


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