The stalemate between Joey Bosa and the San Diego Chargers is finally over, reports NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, who says the deal includes a $17 million signing bonus.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 29, 2016
The deal is reportedly for four years and the news has to be music to the ears of fans in San Diego.
We've signed Joey Bosa to a four-year contract.
— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) August 29, 2016
The No. 3 overall pick was the last first-round draft pick to sign a deal with his new team, by far. The holdout git quite ugly at times, including Bosa’s own mother saying “We should have pulled an Eli Manning.”
It’s a good thing that didn’t happen. The Chargers have finally gotten him under contract and he can now focus on getting acclimated with his teammates and his new surroundings. The defense has performed quite well at times during the preseason, and bringing in Bosa could be a massive boost.
It remains to be seen when Bosa will take the field for the first time. The Chargers close their preseason schedule on Thursday night against the San Francisco 49ers, but he will almost certainly be held out until the season opener with the Kansas City Chiefs, if he’s even ready to take the field then. In the meantime, Darius Philon will start on the defensive line in his spot.
How far behind is Bosa and how much did this holdout hurt he and his career? How much did it hurt the team? Those questions will soon be answered, but at least this part of the saga is over.