One of the more frustrating situations in the NFL has finally come to a conclusion, it seems. According to SB Nation, the San Diego Chargers and Joey Bosa have ended their contract dispute. The talented defensive end has a lot of catching up to do if he wants his rookie season to be relevant.
As the third overall pick in the NFL Draft, Joey Bosa wanted his entire signing bonus to be paid out during the first season of his professional career. The San Diego Chargers, however, wanted it to be spread out for the duration of his rookie contract. That caused friction between the two sides.
While both sides have been criticized for being greedy during the contract dispute, people need to realize that $17 million is a lot of money. Most people can spend the rest of their lives in comfort with that amount of money. Joey Bosa is hoping that it is just a start as he still has a long career ahead of him.
With the contract dispute over, Joey Bosa can now focus on starting his NFL career and getting on the field as quickly as possible for the San Diego Chargers. The regular season begins on September 11 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Bosa is unlikely to be a starter, but he can still provide some help.
Brandon Mebane should be the starting nose tackle for the San Diego Chargers, and Corey Liuget will be the starting right defense end. Darius Philon will more than likely be the starting left defensive end, which is the position that Joey Bosa should have already secured by this point in time.
Joey Bosa was supposed to be a key contributor when the San Diego Chargers broke away from their base 3-4 defense. When the team went to their nickel and dime packages, Bosa was supposed to move from defensive end to defensive tackle and provide interior pass rushing.
Since Joey Bosa missed most of training camp, he is going to have a slightly harder time adjusting to the NFL. With the Ohio State Buckeyes, he played in a 4-3 front, which required him to focus on one gap. With the San Diego Chargers, Bosa will be focused on two gaps and taking on extra blockers.
Even though he has missed a lot of valuable time at training camp, Joey Bosa still has potential to help the San Diego Chargers during his rookie season. He is a not a raw talent that needs to be molded. Bosa is considered a polished player after having been with the Ohio State program.
Playing well on the field is something that Joey Bosa definitely needs to do. He is fully aware that San Diego Chargers and NFL fans are upset with him for holding out in a contract dispute, especially when every other college player has already signed their deals.
Whether right or wrong, the public assumes that Joey Bosa is greedy. Many fans were not even aware exactly what the dispute between Bosa and the San Diego Chargers was. They simply decided to make assumptions on their own about greed because professional athletes are viewed as overly concerned about money.
Fortunately for Joey Bosa, forgiveness in professional sports can be achieved by playing well and winning games. The move has worked out well for other NFL stars that have held out. Bosa can achieve the exact same thing by focusing on football.
Joey Bosa is scheduled for work on Tuesday. While he will more than likely miss the final preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers this week, Bosa still has time to get ready for the start of the regular season.
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