When the San Diego Chargers drafted Joey Bosa, in the first round of this years draft, their immediate intention was for him to improve the limp Chargers pass rush.
At Ohio State, Bosa had impressive numbers that convinced the Chargers to draft him with the third overall pick. As a true freshman, he had 44 tackles and 7.5 sacks. As a sophomore, he generated 13.5 sacks and 55 tackles. Also noted that he achieved several awards, such as first team All-American as a freshman and as a sophomore.
In addition, to his sophomore year, he won Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, and Big Ten Lineman of the Year. In his final year with the Buckeye’s, as a junior, he took a slight decline. The lineman finished with five sacks, one interception, and 47 tackles. His season was cut short due to a suspension.
The Chargers pass rush is sure to get an immediate boost when Bosa is on the field. His six-foot, five-inch frame is sure to create havoc amongst teams backfields. Often Bosa drew comparisons of Howie Long and current NFL player, J.J. Watt. Going through OTA practices, he seemed really nimble on the field and was grasping most of the concepts installed by the Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano. That is a positive sign towards his growth.
Bosa missed the last practice of OTA practice on Thursday last week. On Tuesday Chargers mini camp kicked off with a positive outlook for the 2016 season. Everyone reported and participated except for first rounder Joey Bosa. Apparently, there is a stall between Chargers management and Joey Bosas’ agent regarding the contract.
Bosa and his agent want guaranteed money for his first four seasons with the Chargers. Even if Bosa was somehow released from this contract, Bosa and his agent still want the money guaranteed. The Chargers are standing pat with their offer and do not seem willing to give in to Bosa and his agent.
Another issue with Bosa and his contract is his signing bonus. Both parties are negotiating and apparently the Chargers want to pay it in seven months. Bosa and his people clearly want the money earlier rather than later. Details that really need to be worked out. He needs reps and cannot afford missing time with the first team.
Many around the league predict talks will result in a contract agreement and Bosa will play football like he is capable of fairly soon. Once he ultimately signs his contract, then the pressure will be on to perform and live up to it. Bosa is expected to lineup on the defensive line next to Corey Liuget and Brandon Mebane. The Chargers defense should be really exciting to watch this season. Are you ready?