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Chargers to restructure contract with Bosa because of "reduced playing time"

Bosa's camp rejected the team's latest offer.

It seems the Chargers are growing more and more impatient with Joey Bosa, their first-round pick who remains unsigned because of a contract dispute.

The Chargers gave what they called their "best offer" on Tuesday night, which was rejected by Bosa's camp on Wednesday. Bosa is the only player from this year's draft class who has yet to report to camp.

The Chargers will now restructure his contract, they said, due to his inability to be on the field for a full season because of missed practice time.

The full press release from the team is here:

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:


Ø  An initial signing bonus payment that is larger than any player in the League has received in the last two drafts.


Ø  More money in this calendar year than every player in this year’s draft except one (QB Carson Wentz).


Ø  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.


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