SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Chargers have withdrawn their contract offer to first-round draft pick Joey Bosa and will restructure a new deal that takes into account his absence from the team.
The Chargers’ statement Wednesday said they believe “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.” They characterized their previous offers to the Ohio State defensive end as “fair and structurally consistent with the contracts of every other Chargers player.”
Bosa is the only first-rounder who has not signed with his team.
Negotiations stalled over when Bosa’s $17 million bonus would be distributed and offset language in the contract.
San Diego said it offered an initial signing bonus payment larger than any draftee received in the last two drafts, and more money in 2016 than anyone draftee except Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.