Joey Bosa is holding firm.
The former Ohio State standout continues his holdout with the San Diego Chargers. The rookie, drafted No. 3 overall this year, made 150 total tackles with 26 sacks and 50.5 tackles for loss at Ohio State. He became an imposing force in college who should fit well with the NFL’s history of hardworking versatility.
As All22.com‘s Nate Atkins writes, Bosa’s holdout is in many ways another way Bosa is a throwback — and a trailblazer.
Since the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement in 2011 limited rookie wage scales, rookies haven’t had much much opportunity to challenge for more money.
Then there’s Bosa, seemingly right out of the past, holding out like previous rookies have done before — only with a new twist due to the new CBA.
Bosa’s standoff fuels on terms such as signing bonus distribution and off-set language. The Chargers want to defer some of that $17.1 million signing bonus to next season and set protections in the deal to earn back money if they were to cut Bosa before the four years of his contract are up. Bosa’s team appears willing to give in in one area but not both.
Not all rookies come with the same potential and hype as Bosa. But could Bosa’s holdout lead to more in the future for rookies? If so, Atkins wonders, the throwback Bosa could actually also be blazing new trails — and challenges for the NFL.
As a rookie, LaDainian Tomlinson held out 30 days, Quentin Jammer 50, Philip Rivers 25, Shawne Merriman 7. Joey Bosa holdout now at 16 days
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 14, 2016