After one of the more acrimonious holdouts in recent pro football memory, Joey Bosa, the No. 3 pick in this past April’s 2016 NFL Draft, has finally signed his rookie deal.
The San Diego Chargers announced Monday that Bosa’s signed a four-year agreement with them.
“We look forward to having Joey join us and getting him prepared as quickly as possible for the 2016 season,” said General Manager Tom Telesco.
According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Bosa will receive a 4-year, $25.8 million deal. He’ll get a $17 million signing bonus, all fully guaranteed.
With a lot of mudslinging in both directions, a deeper dive into the Chargers’ history as well as legal language in the contracts of recent players picked around when Bosa was suggest the rookie wasn’t some kind of monster for wanting to protect himself in a league pejoratively nicknamed ‘Not For Long’.
Regardless of who was at fault, one of the 2016 NFL Draft’s potential highest impact players will now be able to hit the ground running. It won’t be enough for him to be able to see the field in a meaningful way early in the 2016 NFL season, but will both get him closer to doing so by year’s end plus get him one season closer to the real payout in an NFL player’s career: the second contract.