Today is the day that Training Camp starts around the league with Veterans and Rookies alike ending their off-season to come and train. Some are excited to see the newly drafted and un-drafted players’ compete for a spot on the roster or to see where they’ll be. But the Chargers’ roster will be without one person for the beginning of camp and possibly the entirety of it due to a hold-out.
Joey Bosa has been a somewhat popular name this off-season, due to the skill set he offers, but also due to the unwillingness to commit to his team. His agent is having him hold-out for a better deal and has had him doing so since the draft. His agent, CAA, also represents 49ers first round draft pick, Joshua Garnett, which is having the same issues of not reporting to camp and OTAs due to the hold-out by his agent.
The Chargers’ have an offset in their contracts with all of their players and refuse to pay their Rookies the signing bonus all at once, sooner rather than later. Due to this, the agent has advised Bosa to hold-out on the teams workouts and wait for the deal to happen.
It seems to be leaving a bad taste in everybody’s mouth, not just within the fan base, but within the team itself. A few words on the matter from Chargers’ GM, Tom Telesco;
It really just comes down to generally this — there’s some things that are negotiable, and money always is negotiable, obviously — but there’s certain things in contracts language-wise, whether you’re picked third, 33rd or 203rd, there’s certain things of consistency and doing things the same way for everyone on the team. And we’re far from uncommon with how we work. I know a lot of other teams probably operate the same way. We try to keep some things constant in everyone’s contract, whether you’re Philip Rivers or the 85th guy on the football team. So that’s kind of where we are. We’re still working through it.
So continues, the Joey Bosa hold-out.