SAN DIEGO — A month-long ordeal ended Monday, when San Diego Chargers rookie first-round selection Joey Bosa signed a four-year deal with the team.
Scheduled to report on July 29, Bosa remained unsigned for 31 days before coming to an agreement.
Traditionally, the Chargers have included offset language in contracts to protect the franchise from paying a player’s full salary in the event San Diego releases the player during the guaranteed portion of his deal. Think Ryan Leaf.
Offset language allows the organization to pay the remaining portion of a player’s salary not covered by the new team that signs the released player. Without offset language a player can “double dip,” receiving a full salary from his previous team along with whatever money is negotiated with the new team.
He was less definitive about whether he’ll be available for Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts. Ebron initially wouldn’t answer the question about his availability and then said the decision would be up to Lions coach Jim Caldwell and the team’s doctors.
Siemian looked composed and comfortable as he finished 10-of-17 for 122 yards with a touchdown and an interception against the Rams. It is unclear, for the moment, what Kubiak’s plan for the No. 2 quarterback is and what it all means for the near future of Mark Sanchez.
“It’s not that other guys didn’t do something, it’s more how far Trevor has come as a player,” Kubiak said.
Rookie Paxton Lynch followed Siemian into Saturday’s game as the Broncos’ No. 2 quarterback, and Sanchez did not play. Kubiak had said following the game he would make a decision this week on a starter.
Siemian has consistently shown he made the most of his time with Manning in the Broncos’ run to the Super Bowl win last season. He has been the most consistent player at the position over the last few weeks and is ready to hear his name and the word “starter” in the same sentence.
“I think every day he kind of showed us ‘I can do this, I’m going to be competitive in this situation and that I believe in myself,’ ” Kubiak said. “And you just saw him grow every day throughout the course of the offseason and when he came back from the summer he was even better.”
When asked following Saturday’s game if he believed he would be named the starter, Siemian said he was “confident” but that it was up to Kubiak.
Asked if he believed he had done enough to be the starter, Siemian said: “I do, but again that’s not my call. I’ll just try to be the best teammate I can be.”
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Broncos will be the first defending Super Bowl champion to start a quarterback with zero career pass attempts in the following season’s opener.