The Chargers should quit being dumb and sign Joey Bosa. San Diego's first-round pick still doesn't have a contract, despite the fact that rookie contracts are painfully easy to do now. Why? Because the Chargers are being cheap over the offset language.
Offsets in a contract allow the team to get out of paying a player all of the guaranteed money in their deal if they release him. The money paid by whatever team would sign him in that situation offsets what he's owed by the Chargers. This was a stumbling block for the Titans and Marcus Mariota last year, and it happens for a player or two every year, even with the rookie salary scale on a slot-based system. (Here's a really good primer on how offsets became such an issue in rookie contracts).
John Gennaro from Bolts from the Blue spoke with Shawne Merriman about the situation this week.
It's incredibly dumb for the Chargers, a team that's already gone to great lengths to alienate its fans with the relocation drama. If a team releases a top draft pick before the end of their rookie contract, the money owed to that player is the least of their problems. Which is what makes arguing over the offsets so pointless to begin with. The Chargers look petty, more dedicated to potentially saving a few million dollars than actually building a winning team.
STATUES, UPSETS AND CHAMPIONSHIP DROUGHTS
- Bigger upset, Cavs over Warriors or Giants over 18-0 Patriots? I'd still say the Giants beating the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII is the bigger upset.
- Jim Brown says LeBron deserves statue. From one Cleveland sports legend to another.
- The infamous Cleveland Browns QB jersey is no more. After the Cavaliers ended the city’s 52-year title drought Sunday night, Cleveland is finished wallowing in self pity. It’s a new day in Cleveland, and with that comes the retirement of the infamous jersey in downtown Cleveland.
- Are the Detroit Lions the next sports team to end their drought? The Cardinals have the longest championship drought in the NFL, and they seem much closer to ending it than the Lions.
MORE SPECIAL TEAMS TWEAKS? The NFL may tinker with special teams rules for the 2016 preseason. The NFL is trying to make special teams plays safer, and now they might have some experimenting in the preseason.
SUGGS IS CLOSE: Terrell Suggs could return to the field during training camp. The Ravens would sure be happy to have Suggs back on the field.
TOUGH SPOT FOR THE EAGLES COACH: Doug Pederson is between a rock and hard place. The rock is Jim Schwartz; Howie is the whirlpool. It won’t be easy navigating them.
THE LAST FREE AGENT: Leon Hall may sign with NFL team next week. The Dolphins, Cardinals, Giants, Falcons and even Bengals have shown interest in Leon Hall this offseason. Is he about to make a decision and pick from one of those teams?
DILFER IS BACK AFTER ALL: NFL analyst Trent Dilfer is staying at ESPN. Sorry.
BESS ARRESTED: Davone Bess arrested after early-morning standoff in Arizona. An early-morning standoff ended with a former NFL player's arrest after police officers said he fled during a traffic stop and barricaded himself from authorities' reach for hours, Gilbert police said.
NEW SONG FOR SUNDAY: Carrie Underwood records new Sunday Night Football song.