After a holdout that started in June, defensive end Joey Bosa is finally, thankfully, a San Diego Charger.
The stalemate ended Monday when Bosa signed a four-year contract, the team announced. He is in the building and set to practice on Tuesday, when the team returns to the field.
Per Pro Football Talk, the two sides reached an agreement with these nuances:
Per a league source with knowledge of the situation, the kicker came from the team’s willingness to apply language that makes it easier for Bosa to earn $6.5 million in guaranteed training-camp roster bonuses. Specifically, he gets the training-camp roster bonuses if he’s on any type of “active” list, including the non-football injury or non-football illness list.
Also, the Chargers altered the payout schedule of the signing bonus in 2016. He still gets 85 percent this year and 15 percent next year, but Bosa gets more of the 85 percent up front. Although the specifics aren’t yet known, Bosa gets a greater percentage of the bonus payout this year than the last four No. 1 overall picks did.
Bosa will now begin the task of getting into football shape and learning his teammates and his role with the defense. The Chargers play their final preseason game Thursday against the San Francisco 49ers, and their first regular season game Sept. 11th in Kansas City. It is not expected that Bosa will play in the exhibition game, and remains to be seen how much he will play against the Chiefs.
See the video above to hear Bosa's thoughts on the negotiation, his mom's comments and more.