The San Diego Chargers reminded everybody on Wednesday that they actually do excel at something.
It is called pettiness.
The Chargers are always a championship organization when you measure them up in that regard.
The Chargers sent out a statement Wednesday designed to make sure everybody on the planet knows Joey Bosa is the bad guy in their testy negotiations with the former Ohio State defensive end.
Bosa was the third overall selection in the draft and the Chargers say he and his representation rejected their “best offer” on Tuesday night and that they are now pulling the offer off the table.
They say this move is necessary because Bosa will no longer be able to contribute in all 16 games.
Got quite a laugh over the sudden concern about whether Bosa will be in the fold prior to the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 11.
If the Chargers were so worried about this, why didn’t they make their “best offer” two days before training camp started?
Funny how all the other 31 NFL teams know how to get a rookie into training camp.
Here is the Chargers’ statement:
“Our contract discussions and offers to the representatives of Joey Bosa have been both fair and structurally consistent with the contracts of every other Chargers’ player.
“Our offer included:
“An initial signing bonus payment that is larger than any player in the League has received in the last two drafts.
“More money in this calendar year than every player in this year’s draft except one (Philadelphia QB Carson Wentz).
“The largest payment and the highest percentage of signing bonus received in the first calendar year of any Chargers’ first-round selection since the inception of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (2011).
“We gave Joey’s representatives our best offer last night, which was rejected today. The offer that we extended was for Joey to contribute during all 16 games and beyond.
“Joey’s ability to contribute for an entire rookie season has now been jeopardized by the valuable time he has missed with his coaches and his teammates. Since Joey will not report at this time, his ability to produce not just early in the season, but throughout the entire season, has been negatively impacted.
“As a result, 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.”
One thing to keep in mind is that NFL teams nearly always keep negotiations quiet and out of the media.
But the Chargers chose to reveal their differences publicly to EVERYBODY on Wednesday.
So you have to try to think like the Chargers — in other words, not rationally — to figure out why they would pull such a maneuver.
We know the two sides disagree on how much of Bosa’s signing bonus is deferred and also over offset language that only comes into play if Bosa is cut and signs with another team before the end of his rookie contract.
Well, if Bosa is indeed cut before the end of his rookie deal, then the Chargers have bigger issues as they must explain how they took a guy with the No. 3 overall pick that couldn’t play. (That will be general manager Tom Telesco ducking under the table).
Pretty soon, some details from Bosa’s side will be leaked out and things will really get messy. That’s because every agent knows an NFL media source or two that will love to write Bosa’s side.
But for now, we have the Chargers’ side and it is hard to understand the club’s rationale.
At face value, this statement was a dumber than usual move for an organization that excels at stupidity — remember the public relations manager telling the fans to take “chill pills?” — and has a history of acrimonious holdout situations with first-round picks.
The team has just assured that its relationship with Bosa will be adversarial and you can expect Bosa’s representatives to dig their heels in deeper after the Chargers’ threat to reduce the offer.
Bosa’s trump card is deciding not to report to the Chargers at all and then putting his name back into the 2017 NFL draft.
If he were to do that, the Chargers look even sillier for wasting the No. 3 overall pick of the draft.
Funny thing is, if the Chargers had just refrained from being petty, it would have been Bosa drawing most of the criticism as the start of the season neared.
Bosa’s mother was recently ripped for making a Facebook comment about how her son should have pulled an Eli Manning — remember that fiasco, San Diego fans? — and not become part of the Chargers.
Plus, the public typically doesn’t approve of a rookie holdout – you know, unproven player wanting millions of dollars — once a season commences. So Bosa’s desire to play football — and his intelligence — would have been greatly scrutinized.
But not anymore.
Fans of the Chargers and the public in general got a first-hand look at why the organization is considered one of the worst in the NFL.
So while the organization isn’t good at winning football games, you can just picture all the buffoons on the second level of Chargers Park congratulating themselves and high-fiving each other over their “best offer” statement.
Because making Bosa look bad and shaming him is somehow more important than resolving the situation and getting him on the field.
So congratulations to the Chargers, you won Wednesday with your petty statement.
But your fans wish you could learn to do more winning on the field on Sundays.