Joey Bosa v. Chargers: An Explanation With Fear & Panic

Back in 2004, Eli Manning vehemently stated he would not play for the Chargers. They drafted him anyway. He stood his ground, and they were forced to swap him for the Giants’ pick at #4 – Philip Rivers.

In 2006, the Chargers went 14-2. LaDainian Tomlinson scored TWENTY FRIGGING EIGHT RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS (plus three more receiving).

But Patriots fans remember exactly what happened in the AFC divisional round that season.

After this season, OC Cam Cameron and DC Wade Phillips were hired by the Dolphins and Chargers respectively. So with two vacancies open, Marty Schottenheimer tried to hire his brother as the new DC. CEO Dean Spanos fired Marty. They didn’t have the same “philosophy.”

Next season, Eli Manning won a Super Bowl.

Four years later, Eli won another Super Bowl.

The Chargers have just wrapped up a 4-12 season. For years they were lead by Norv Turner, a coach who was practically married to the playbook and didn’t alter it to fit the talent on the roster.

Recently, the Chargers have themselves a stadium problem. They are housed in the brick giant known as Qualcomm. It sucks and they need a new stadium. So they propose a giant-ass stadium-convention center, which wold hypothetically be paid for, basically, by tourists. Yup, Mr. Spanos’ master plan was to get the city to hike the hotel tax to pay for it.

Then they sent in the big guns.

For their proposed stadium, about $1 billion of the funding would come from this hotel tax (TOT).

But I think you get the point. The point is that the Chargers are incompetent AF. So when they drafted Joey Bosa with the third overall pick and began treating him like the turd overall pick (heh), it didn’t come as a surprise to people who knew the situation. I really wish people would look into this more, because the commenters who are calling Bosa a cocksplat and a punk for “wanting more money.”

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This pisses me off like listening to John Dennis talk about Black Lives Matter. He doesn’t want more money, and he never asked for more money.

The Chargers want to give him half the bonus money now, and half of it in March, after the season. They also include what’s called “offsetting language” in his contract.

“Offsetting language” is language that insinuates that if Bosa doesn’t make it though his rookie contract and is released, that they only need to pay him the difference between what he makes and what they owe him in any subsequent seasons, since the contract is fully guaranteed because of where he was drafted.

Hypothetically, let’s say he was paid $3 a year for 4 season ($12 million total). But, let’s say he sucked and they cut him after three seasons. Now let’s say Adam Gase, who at this point will have failed at saving Ryan Tannehill’s career because he’s a plug-ugly tit and has been hired as Jeff Fisher’s replacement (who has been fired after a fourth consecutive 7-9 season in which the LA Rams swept the NFC West for a third straight season) in order to salvage Jared Goff, signs Bosa as he exits the now LA Chargers facility on the other side of town to a deal that gives him $2 for the first season. Offsetting language established that the Chargers would only have to pay Bosa the difference between what he makes that year, with a different team, and what they owe him. So Bosa would only be owed $1 million by the Chargers for that season ($3m-$2m) instead of the $3 million.

Historically, third overall picks have gotten either one or the other: no offsetting language, or guaranteed money upfront. So Bosa wants one or the other. The Chargers? Fuck no, you get neither. That’s why this is justified:

Probably doesn’t help, but at least she recognizes incompetence.

And yes, the period in which they could’ve traded him has long passed. Basically if they don’t sign him this season, he can reenter the draft next season and the Chargers won’t be eligible to draft him, as if they would anyway.

So proceed with caution when the Chargers go posting propaganda like this on social media. They frame it to make it sound like he’s being greedy and wants more money, whereas what he’s actually asking for really has nothing to do with amounts of money.

I hope everyone is #TeamBosa on this one.

@jonsgaard19

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