Apparently not everyone is thinking on the preseason and the regular season, as NFL problems between teams and players continue or are starting to show up.
Preseason 2016 NFL Problems
Here is a recap of what is happening.
Joey Bosa and the Chargers
No contract. Last offer by the Chargers refused by Bosa. Now what?
If you recall Joey Bosa, the third pick of the draft, has not signed a contract because he did not agree on the offset language and when his signing bonus was going to be paid. He seems to be willing to sit out the whole season and apply for the draft next year.
The Chargers released a statement today, a highly unusual way to go, at least if you want to fix things among parties:
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 (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.
The way it looks things are going to get worse. Will keep you posted, as Bosa remains the only NFL draft pick still unsigned. The Chargers defensive front also got bad news Wednesday, as DL Damion Square was suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse.
Patriots trade center Bryan Stork to the Redskins
The New England Patriots traded former starting center Bryan Stork to the Washington Redskins for a conditional seventh-round draft pick, and they also released veteran WR Nate Washington.
Storke has been plagued with injuries. He was knocked out of practice on the third day of presesason training due to a reported concussion and missed a week. He was also thrown out of a joint practice with the Chicago Bears after throwing punches, which didn’t connect, at Bears linebacker John Timu. Apparently his temper is part of the Patriots decision.
Stork has implied he rather retire than go to Washington. If Stork retires, the Redskins would owe the Patriots nothing in return.
Seahawks, Michael Bennett and Money
Talking about Stork’s temper, that can get you in trouble.. just ask Michael Bennett and Bradley Sowell from Seattle who were removed from practice after an altercation.
Add to that Doug Baldwin and CB Richard Sherman going at each other also in camp. When asked, “No, it wasn’t orchestrated,” Baldwin said. “Obviously, tempers flare. Sherm’s really upset that we keep destroying him in practice.” “He’s upset that the receivers are getting the best out of him and the defensive backs this year. So he takes offense to that.”
On another note Baldwin came out on Bennett’s comments on being underpaid: “It hard to take him serious when he talks about other guys taking food off his kids’ plate – when he is driving around here with 10 different cars, you know?”
Maybe when you look at Bennett being paid less than guys like Jared Odrick and Robert Ayers…
Definitively the NFL is no paradise this time of year