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Chargers “disappointed” by Bosa’s boycott of mandatory minicamp

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Rookie Joey Bosa didn't show up at the first day of the Chargers' mandatory minicamp because he hasn't signed a contract with the team. Mike Florio says more rookies should think like Bosa.

Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa doesn’t have a contract, putting him fully within his rights to refuse to report to a minicamp that is mandatory only for the players who actually are employed by the club. Because Bosa has no contract, he’s no more an employee of the Chargers than I am, with no legal obligation to show up for work.

And so Bosa, reportedly hoping to remove the offset language from his fully-guaranteed contract and improve the cash flow of the signing bonus, has opted to stay away. Chargers coach Mike McCoy and G.M. Tom Telesco has opted to express his displeasure with that move.

“Without a doubt we’re all disappointed he’s not here,” McCoy said, via the Associated Press. “But our No. 1 focus is the players who are here. Time will work that out.” (Since the minicamp isn’t a voluntary offseason practice, the rules allow McCoy to call out players who aren’t there -- even players who aren’t under contract.)

We’re disappointed he’s not here,” Telesco said, via Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “This is a big part of the learning process for all players, not just rookies. But there’s a business part to this [game], too, and we understand that. It’s part of being a professional athlete. I’ll say: the time he’s been here, I’ve been really impressed with not only his ability but his work ethic. That’s been great.”

Bosa would say that’s all the more reason for the team to give him what he wants. So far, the Chargers haven’t, which means he’ll miss multiple offseason practices. The question becomes when or if the Chargers will blink once training camp approaches. In this year, more than any other, they need all hands on deck in the hopes of making the kind of impact in September and October that will result in a favorable outcome at the ballot box in early November.