The San Diego Chargers came to terms on a deal with third-round pick Max Tuerk on Thursday, signing the rookie center to a four-year deal. Terms of the deal were reported by the team’s official website.
Tuerk, who was selected as the No. 66 overall pick of the NFL draft, and he should fill a definite need for the Chargers as depth along the offensive line, a glaring weakness of the team one year ago.
If the Chargers elect to go with Matt Slauson as the starting center this season, the young Tuerk will have room to grow and develop behind him. That’s an ideal situation for the team as it will need much better play from the center position than it got out of Chris Watt last season.
The signing of Tuerk means the Chargers have inked all of their 2016 draft picks to contracts. Well, all except for one. Joey Bosa, the No. 3 overall pick of the draft, has yet to sign his rookie contract. To this point, Bosa, Darron Lee of the New York Jets and Joshua Garnett of the San Francisco 49ers are the only first-round picks yet to sign with the team that selected them. Lee and Garnett happen to be represented by the same agent as Bosa.
Chargers third-round pick Max Tuerk has signed his contract, team announces. Just that one rookie, Joey Bosa, left to sign.
— Michael Gehlken (@sdutGehlken) July 7, 2016
So when will Bosa come to terms? Players are to report for training camp on July 29th with the first practice coming the following day. If Bosa’s holdout cuts into camp, there will be no positives that come from it. He will miss time on the practice field and it will become a distraction to the rest of the players.
In the meantime, Tuerk is under contract, and he is a player the team and its fans are going to be happy with when they see what he can do. A star at the University of Southern California, Tuerk could end up being one of the best value picks that Tom Telesco made during the draft.
However, the wait for Bosa to sign will continue…. as it will continue to overshadow pretty much anything related to Chargers rookies.