Joey Bosa needs to fire his agent and then immediately sign with the San Diego Chargers.
The third overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft out of Ohio State is the only first-round pick unsigned as of Wednesday, and it appears as if that won’t change anytime soon.
The contract scale for rookies under the current collective bargaining agreement gives both sides a fairly good idea of what the final figure will look like. The Chargers were even going to give him the most first-year money of any 2016 rookie except the No. 2 overall pick.
The Chargers even released a statement Wednesday explaining this in more detail.
What happens if Bosa refuses to sign? Well, the Chargers can’t trade him right now because the deadline to trade his rights before the regular season passed on Aug. 9. That means if there’s no deal, he just doesn’t play, and that’s an awful way to begin your career.
Missing games is a bad look for Bosa on so many levels.
He’d be disrespecting his teammates (which he’s pretty much already doing right now), he’d be hurting his reputation around the league, the fans could begin to turn on him, and he’ll be behind when it comes to proving himself for a wealthy second contract.
By the way, Bosa is already missing tons of valuable time with his coaches and in the film room during camp and the preseason. He’s not going to be prepared whenever he makes his debut, and it’s going to hurt his on-field performance.
This isn’t a battle Bosa’s likely to win. He has no NFL pedigree, no Pro Bowl seasons or monster sack numbers to bolster his case. He’s just a defensive end who had a nice college career.
Bosa must sign and do it soon. His entitled attitude is pathetic.
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