The San Diego Chargers have signed their center of the future as the team has agreed to terms with Max Tuerk. He was one of only six players yet to sign their rookie contract so far. Now the number is down to five and the Chargers still have one of the remaining five as first round pick and third overall selection Joey Bosa has yet to ink a deal with the team.
The other players yet to agree to their contracts are 1st round pick LB Darron Lee (NYJ), 1st round pick G Joshua Garnett (SF), 3rd round pick S Kevon Byard (TEN) and 3rd round pick OT Maliek Collins (DAL). Bosa and his agent are currently holding out as they try to re-work the language in the contract. In particular the “off-set language” in which Bosa’s money is guaranteed if he were to be released is what is holding up the signing.
Bosa really should be in camp as he needs to learn the system and get familiar with his coaches and teammates. The defensive stud is needed for the Chargers to make a playoff run this upcoming season. The drafting and signing of Tuerk was arguably more vital for the team than Bosa, simply because the offensive line was in shambles most of last season. Bosa will wreak havoc once he is in camp, but Tuerk provides excellent value in a position that lacked depth last season.
— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) July 7, 2016
Adding Matt Slauson to the mix late in the off-season was key for the Chargers. He will provide an instant starter at the center position and at the same time will give Max Tuerk someone of experience to learn from and grow his talents. Slauson has an edge about him. He doesn’t like to fail and does not want anyone touching his QB. He will instantly anchor the line and having Tuerk waiting in the wings is an exciting thing for Chargers fans. Not since the days of Nick Hardwick has Philip Rivers had a solid presence snapping him the ball. That will change in 2016 and with that the line should improve its play.
Joey Bosa and his management team must stop messing around and do what is right for this young man. This negative attention from not signing as of yet can only be detrimental to the team. The expectations from the fans are high right now. If Bosa struggles the fan base and media will have fuel for the fire. He needs to get into camp and get to work. I understand there is a business side to the game, but if you fail to play to your abilities and allow distractions to take place, then you are only cheating yourself. Sometimes the player must do what is right and ignore the business aspect of the game.
The Chargers signed 3rd round OL Max Tuerk, leaving just 5 of 253 2016 NFL draft choices unsigned.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) July 7, 2016
The Chargers are waiting patiently for their first round selection. At this point it is more of a formality that he is not in camp yet. I’m sure he has a copy of the playbook and is studying it. Still not being at the facility with your teammates is harmful. Being a first round pick there will already be some high expectations for this young man. He really doesn’t need to put more pressure on himself. If he does not sign in the next seven days then it will start to be a real issue. Training Camp is right around the corner and #99 must be there if the Chargers want to start this 2016 season on the right foot.