Hold out for a huge pay day. That was the plan Joey Bosa and his representatives implemented as he went into contract negotiations with the San Diego Chargers after they drafted him third overall in this year’s draft. But Bosa still hasn’t seen any field action, after holding out for a fully guaranteed, $25.8 million deal.
The holdout made him miss not only training camp but the preseason as well, but that didn’t seem to hurt his negotiating power. As reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Bosa received a $17 million dollar signing bonus, which is the largest upfront bonus in the history of the Chargers organization. Bosafailed to join his teammates through the entire offseason program, but he set a standard for current and future NFL players who are pushing for more guaranteed money. It’s simple: Guaranteed money gives the players financial stability and security, knowing they will still collect a certain amount of money, even if they are cut. Bosa proved that holding out doesn’t mean that you will have to settle in negotiations, even with the Chargers PR stunt to try and justify why Bosa himself was in the wrong.
Despite this, gave the NFLPA a huge win in this negotiation, proving that despite missing all of the offseason, owners and teams are going to pay for talent at some point, and because of that players can continue their surge in contract guarantees. NFL players can only dream of getting the kind of guaranteed money we see in the NBA, which is why they are pushing to level the playing field. For example, after signing with the Lakers this offseason, Timofey Mozgov, who averaged just 6.3 ppg and 4.4 rpg last season, would be the 4th highest paid player in the NFL in terms of guaranteed money. Bosa’s contract being fully guaranteed can help start a trend in the NFL where players no longer have to negotiate how much of their contract they’ll definitely receive.
Despite getting a deal done before Week 1, it didn’t help San Diego get Bosa on the field. After blowing a 24-3 lead against Kansas City and losing in overtime, San Diego could’ve used their rookie edge rusher. Bosa sat out with a hamstring injury, but he is tentatively expected to play in Week 2.
The expectations for Bosa will be at an all-time high, especially after the performance of number two overall pick Carson Wentz. Wentz, the only rookie who is getting paid more than Bosa, had a fantastic debut, going 22 for 37 and tossing two scores in an Eagles win.
Wentz isn’t the only rookie QB we’re watching closely this week. Dak Prescott, the last quarterback taken in the 2016 NFL Draft, completed 25 of 45 passes for 227 yards in a Week 1 loss against the Giants, but showed a lot of poise and ball security throughout. New England’s Jimmy Garoppolo made his first career starts for the AFC contenders and led their respective teams to wins.
Meanwhile, Jared Goff, the number one overall pick was inactive for the L.A. Rams who took a 28-0 beating from Chip Kelly’s 49ers. To take Goff with the first pick, not play him and lose that badly testifies to either Goff’s struggles or LA’s decision making. I think after the preseason Goff had it made sense not to start him, but not if Case Keenum is the replacement.
Despite his being uncertain for game 3, you can guarantee that whether he plays or not, Joey Bosa will be getting paid.