Just in time for the team’s final preseason game, the San Diego Chargers have agreed to a contract with standout defensive end Joey Bosa. Less than a week after the team pulled its “best offer,” the Chargers agreed to a four-year deal with Bosa.
Per ESPN, the Chargers offered to pay Bosa 85 percent of his $17 million signing bonus at signing and the rest in March. Bosa’s camp turned down that offer in hopes of acquiring the entire amount by the end of this year. The Chargers also, reportedly, wanted to include offset language in Bosa’s contract.
The dispute was reportedly over offset language (which gives a team the ability to wash its hands of a player who is released instead of paying guaranteed money to the player, who would also receive money from a new team if he’s signed to another contract) and his signing bonus.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Ohio State product wanted either no offset language or his signing bonus up front, while the Chargers wanted offset language AND to defer the signing bonus.
Before entering the draft, Bosa drew comparisons to J.J. Watt, Jared Allen and Michael Strahan. By signing him now, Bosa will be eligible to play immediately.