The contract standoff between rookie defensive end Joey Bosa and the San Diego Chargers continues and agent Todd France has no regrets over keeping his client out of the team's recent minicamp.
The Chargers are insisting on having offset language in Bosa's rookie contract because every player in the organization -- including quarterback Philip Rivers -- has the terms in his contract.
France is requesting that Bosa's salary be guaranteed over four seasons, even if he is released before the length of the deal concludes. The Chargers are balking at that proposition and insisting on maintaining their rights to recover some of the money should Bosa be released.
"Without offset language, it could unfortunately create the scenario where, as a player in that fourth year, if a player knows he has a million guaranteed from us and can go double dip and earn from another team, it actually in essence creates an incentive to get cut financially," Chargers president of football operations John Spanos told a San Diego radio station. "You can make more money getting cut."
France said it is more than the offset language that is holding up a deal for the No. 3 overall pick.
"You are a little more boxed in from the pure dollar standpoint, total dollars, but there are a lot of moving parts," France told Sirius XM radio. "Language-wise, there's different things you can look at. And then, obviously, how you structure it, especially in those top 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 picks in the first round, whether those bonuses in the second and third, fourth year -- those training-camp roster bonuses -- do you not want those? What's the cash flow? What's the deferral? Those types of things.
"Time value of money is a legit thing, especially at millions of dollars. Do you want to get all of your money in this year? Is it going to be spread out over the next two or three years? So those are some of the moving parts. And sometimes it's easier when you're dealing with teams and sometimes it's harder. And again, there's a lot of moving parts. If it was just a no-brainer-type thing they would be done in one second."
Spanos feels the situation can still be resolved before training camp starts on July 30.
"I would say that there are a lot of things in our business that come with the territory and negotiating contracts are one of them," Spanos said. "That's part of the business. Was it disappointing to have 89 players instead of 90 in for (mini)camp? Sure. But these things tend to work themselves out and the good thing was, when Joey Bosa was here he looks great."