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."
Statement from the San Diego Chargers on defensive end Joey Bosa. pic.twitter.com/BayBGeN22x-- San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) August 24, 2016
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.