The San Diego Chargers opened up their three-day mandatory minicamp Tuesday. Even better, Wednesday’s practice is open to the public.
But if you were planning on seeing rookie pass-rusher Joey Bosa in action, don’t get your hopes up. According to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego-Union Tribune, Bosa is holding out over his contract.
Antonio Gates among Chargers here for first minicamp practice. Joey Bosa, of course, is not. Contract stalemate: pic.twitter.com/0ewO0F8JbZ
— Michael Gehlken (@sdutGehlken) June 14, 2016
Among the top 19 draftees, Bosa is the only one unsigned. According to Gehlken, he also missed the Chargers’ final OTA practice Thursday.
“We’re disappointed he’s not here,” said general manager Tom Telesco, via NFL.com. “This is a big part of the learning process for all players, not just rookies. But there is part of a business to this too, and we understand that. It’s part of being a professional athlete.”
Bosa’s not going to get fined since he’s not under contract, but it’s tough to see this situation unfold considering he participated in nearly every football activity as well as made waves in the community up to this point.
Joey Bosa has really impressed the #Chargers in his short stint in SD. Alas, battle over SB payout & offset language has him sitting for now
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 14, 2016
Bosa needs to get on the field. While scouts have given him the “pro-ready” label, he’s still a rookie who needs to learn the playbook.
It’s frustrating to see your first-round pick hold out. Football is a business, we get it; but is too early to already be holding out? What will his teammates think of the situation?
The Chargers have had a great offseason. From adding quality talent to getting signatures for a new stadium and re-signing a key player, it’s been nothing but positive news. Let’s just hope Bosa’s holdout ends and he gets back on the field to train.