Bosa 'unable to contribute' 16 games, say Chargers

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The San Diego Chargers will reassess their next contract offer to Joey Bosa amid concerns he will be unable to play a full 16-game season in 2016.

Bosa was drafted third overall earlier this year by the Chargers, but the two parties have struggled to come to an agreement on a package for the 21-year-old.

The NFL changed the language of rookie contracts in the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, essentially setting a value for every pick in the draft. Since then, rookies tend to sign their deals right away without a fuss, because there is little wiggle room for contract talks.

That has not been the case with Bosa.

The Chargers released a statement Wednesday saying Bosa rejected their "best offer," which included "more money in this calendar year than every player in this year's draft except one (QB Carson Wentz)."

Adding, "As a result [of the declined offer], we will restructure our offer since Joey will be unable to contribute for the full 16-game season without the adequate time on the practice field, in the classroom, and in preseason games."

Chargers coach Mike McCoy indicated earlier in the week that the team is prepared to play without Bosa, and it looks as if they just might.