Star rookie Joey Bosa and the San Diego Chargers finally agreed on a four-year deal. This ends the drama in San Diego and the defensive end will now rejoin the team about two weeks before the NFL season opens.
The team made the announcement on Monday confirming that the Chargers will pay the third overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.
“We look forward to having Joey join us and getting him prepared as quickly as possible for the 2016 season,” Chargers general manager tom Telesco stated in the team website’s press release.
The earliest the team could have signed Bosa was on July 29 but disputes in the contract prompted the delay in the official signing. According to NFL rumors, Bosa wanted to get paid much of his signing bonus in 2016 but the Chargers wanted most of it in 2017. They were also arguing about “offset language” in the contract but both teams finally agreed on a deal.
According to spotrac.com, the deal is $25.87 million for four years and by agreeing before the season starts, Bosa will receive his whole salary for the 2016 season. If both sides did not agree when the season started, Bosa would have lost some money while the Chargers was at risk of losing him in the next rookie draft.
Listed at 6-foot-5 and 280 pounds, Bosa was a star in college football with the Ohio State Buckeyes. He was a two-time Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year and a two-time first-team All-America member.
Bosa registered 150 tackles, 50.5 tackles, 26 sacks and five forced fumbles in playing three years for the Buckeyes.
Joey Bosa said in the press conference that he’s “happy” to be in San Diego to finally finish the drama between the two sides. After a bad season last year, the Chargers can now make a push in making the NFL Playoffs.