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Chargers First-Round DE Joey Bosa Holding Out Of Minicamp, Due To Contract Stalemate

Michael Gehlken of the Union Tribune reports that Chargers first-round DE Joey Bosa is skipping the team’s mandatory minicamp, due to a stalemate in contract talks.

As of now, Bosa is the only player who was taken in the top-19 selections to be unsigned.

Sources tell Gehlken that the hang up with Bosa is in regards to offset language being included in his contract. Bosa’s camp doesn’t want any offset language included in the contract, which would result in the Chargers paying him his entire contract, even if they were to waive him at some point.

This would allow Bosa to double-dip if he were to sign with another team.

Beyond that, the Chargers want to defer Bosa’s signing bonus, but the rookie and his reps are pushing for San Diego to pay him more money earlier.

Bosa is one of 17 draft picks who have yet to sign their rookie contracts.

Bosa, 20, was taken with the No. 3 overall pick by the Chargers. It was a bit of a surprise to see them grab Bosa, considering the amount of buzz that they were going to take either take Ronnie Stanley or DeForest Buckner.

However, Bosa gives them a solid pass-rushing prospect to develop in the coming years. The expectation right now is Bosa will see plenty of snaps at defensive end in their sub packages.

According to OverTheCap.com, Bosa will sign a four-year contract worth $25,873,672 to go along with a signing bonus of $17,017,216 once they’ve reached an agreement on the contract specifics. The contract will include a fifth-year option for the team to consider in 2019.

During his three-year career at Ohio State, Bosa recorded 148 tackles, 51 tackles for a loss, 26 sacks, five forced fumbles, an interception, two forced fumbles, six pass defenses.