Joey Bosa arrives in nick of time to Chargers camp to avoid fine, but still no deal

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Joey Bosa has reported to Los Angeles Chargers camp on time.

The Bosa family is quickly becoming one of the most noteworthy clans in football. Not only was John Bosa a defensive end for the Miami Dolphins, but both of his sons, San Francisco 49ers stud Nick Bosa and Los Angeles Chargers game-changer Joey Bosa, have become elite pass rushers following exceptional careers at Ohio State.

While it’s time for the elder Bosa brother to potentially cash in with a contract extension, Tom Telesco and the Chargers don’t seem too eager to get into an extended negotiation at this juncture. Despite that, or perhaps motivated by the fact the new CBA makes holdouts punitive, Bosa has joined the Chargers ahead of training camp.

Joey Bosa is still looking for a new contract.

After dealing with some nagging injuries, Bosa returned to Pro Bowl form in 2020. After recording 12.5 sacks during the 2017 season, the former No. 3 overall pick piled up 11.5 sacks during the 2019 season. While Gus Bradley’s excellent secondary gets most of the hype, Bosa and Melvin Ingram have formed one of the league’s best pass rush duos.

The Chargers know that any slip-up can be fatal in the competitive AFC West, and having a defense that can make Patrick Mahomes sweat is critical to taking down the Chiefs. Without Bosa doing damage against both the run and the pass, that goal will be almost impossible.

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The Chargers have a lot of questions to answer on the offensive side of the ball, most of them relating to Justin Herbert and his potential to lead this franchise for the next decade. At the very least, Chargers fans can take solace in the fact that Bradley’s iron-clad defense, of which Bosa remains one of the marquee players, will be good enough to win plenty of close games for LA.