According to Eric D. Williams of ESPN, the Chargers are preparing as if they won’t have first-round DE Joey Bosa available for Week 1.
The sides remain locked in a contract stalemate over the inclusions of offset language in his rookie contract and the distribution of signing bonus payments.
Chargers HC Mike McCoy said they’ll play anyone who’s available to them, no matter the circumstance when asked if Bosa’s holdout could force him to need a smaller playbook.
“We’re going to play everybody,” McCoy said. “If you have a uniform, you’re going to play. And that’s what the good teams do up front. They’re going to rotate everyone and keep everybody fresh.”
Last week, Jarrett Bell of USA Today reported that Chargers and Bosa have been in talks, which was viewed as a “measure of progress” after they had gone a few weeks without even speaking to one another.
However, there hasn’t been a lot of buzz about a potential agreement since then.
The deadline for the Chargers to trade Bosa came and went a few weeks ago without San Diego even considering the idea.
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.
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 fumble recoveries, and six pass defenses.
We’ll have more regarding the situation between the Chargers and Bosa as the news is available.