To show just how bad things have become in the contract negotiations between the San Diego Chargers and the third overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, rookie defensive lineman Joey Bosa, the Chargers took the unusual step of issuing a press release detailing their stance on the state of the dispute between the parties.
Below are excerpts from their release:
"Our contract discussions and offers to the representatives of Joey Bosa have been both fair and structurally consistent with the contracts of every other Chargers player.
Our offer included:
- An initial signing bonus payment that is larger than any player in the League has received in the last two drafts.
- More money in this calendar year than every player in this year’s draft except one (QB Carson Wentz).
- The largest payment and the highest percentage of signing bonus received in the first calendar year of any Chargers’ first-round selection since the inception of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (2011).
We gave Joey’s representatives our best offer last night, which was rejected today. The offer that we extended was for Joey to contribute during all 16 games and beyond. Joey’s ability to contribute for an entire rookie season has now been jeopardized by the valuable time he has missed with his coaches and his teammates. Since Joey will not report at this time, his ability to produce not just early in the season, but throughout the entire season, has been negatively impacted.
As a result, we will restructure our offer since Joey will be unable to contribute for the full 16 game season without the adequate time on the practice field, in the classroom, and in preseason games."
Typically, negotiations are handled confidentially, and unless prompted by a question from the press, the history of such negotiations are not often revealed. The fact that the Chargers provided such detail on the state of the dispute, and more significantly, took the time to put it in writing, perhaps reveals just how ugly things have become, as the Chargers felt compelled to win in the court of public opinion before Bosa's representatives tried to do the same.
Looks more and more like the NFL made the right call in deciding which team to bring to Los Angeles, as the bumbling Chargers cannot seem to get out of their own way.
Chargers' Damion Square suspended 4 games for substance abuse violation
It's been a rocky 24 hours in San Diego, as the NFL has suspended Damion Square of the San Diego Chargers for the first four games of the 2016 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
“I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches, the entire Chargers organization as well as the fans," said Square in a statement. "I made a mistake and take full responsibility. I look forward to returning in Week 5 and doing whatever I can do to help the team.”
Square will be eligible to return to the Chargers’ active roster on Monday, October 3 following the team’s October 2 game against the New Orleans Saints.
The Chargers issued the following statement on Square:
"While disappointed to hear the news today about Damion, we support and respect the league's decision. We are confident that he will learn from this and what is expected of him moving forward."
Square is eligible to participate in all remaining preseason practices and games.
Chargers advocate for downtown stadium, cite to "positive impact" study
In a release issued by the Chargers, the team pointed to an "independent" study which concluded that a downtown stadium would have a positive impact on San Diego.
The team is currently looking to have a new stadium built in a different part of the city than its current venue location.
According to the study, among the alleged benefits of such a facility would be more than $750 million in new hotel room revenue over the first 10 years of operation, with hotel tax revenue of more than $125 million over that same time period.
The study was conducted over the last four months by Hunden Strategic Partners, and was commissioned by Conventional Wisdom.
By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services