by Marty Caswell
Former Chargers general manager AJ Smith likes to pick and choose his words very carefully.
This usually made for very entertaining fodder when he was engaging with agents over a contract dispute, something Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates, Shawne Merriman and now Joey Bosa are all too familiar with.
The Chargers haven’t had any communication with Bosa’s CAA agents since they received and rejected a counter proposal on July 28th, and the number three overall pick has now missed 11 training camp practices and is a lock to miss at least the first two pre-season games.
AJ Smith says the team needs to play hardball with Bosa and CAA.
“My deadline would be this Monday. Bosa will have missed one preseason game, and of course it is really two. He would not be ready to play in second one. This is how you GET MOVEMENT. Only one way to deal with agents that take this kind of position. TEAM always FIRST. CAA always thinks they are first, teams second. And with all the WEAK ones they are.”
Should the deadline pass, Smith brought up the same tactics he used with Rivers agent, Jimmy Sexton, when they were at an impasse in 2004.
(Remembering Philip Rivers/Chargers impasse) Read it HERE
“Money goes in Reverse on Monday… Send letter to CAA and spell it out week by week reduction. Also I would meet with press and say same thing. Then NEVER talk about it again until he comes in OR goes back in the draft. THE END!”
The Rivers story had a happy ending for Chargers fans, although it likely cost him the opportunity to start for two years until 2006. It remains to be seen what will happen with Bosa.
It is what it is.
Video: LaDainian Tomlinson on Joey Bosa’s contract dispute and what advice he would give him.