San Diego’s first round pick Joey Bosa is still unsigned. Sticking points of offset language and first year signing bonus cashout have meant that the Ohio State defensive end has had minimal on-field training with the Chargers and will not report to training camp. The relationship has soured so much that Bosa’s mother reportedly made a comment on facebook that they “Wish we pulled an Eli Manning”. While that route is very unlikely to happen now, especially with the deadline for such a move looming, but where is the fun in not wildly speculating?
Just what could the Chargers get for Joey Bosa right now? Who might be willing to make a move for him?
The Cowboys offense looks fearsome for 2016. A brilliant offensive line, Dez Bryant and the highly touted rookie Ezekiel Elliot in the backfield they look set to ruin a lot of defenses this season. Of course, their own defense is not that strong. Greg Hardy has left while Randy Gregory, DeMarcus Lawrence, and Rolando McClain all have suspensions coming this season leaving the Cowboys extremely thin, especially at defensive end.
Bosa could slide in as a day one starter for Dallas, and under the tutelage of Rod Marinelli would probably have a better chance at becoming an All-Pro player than he would anywhere else.
Jerry Jones isn’t shy when it comes to making splashy trades, and may be willing to hand the Chargers more than just a 2017 first round pick for Bosa’s immense talent. Especially when the window for success with Tony Romo is getting narrower and narrower.
The Raiders propensity for crazy signings has disappeared with Al Davis, but I don’t think this would be all that crazy. The Raiders have their platform to build on. They have a quarterback and a brilliant wide receiver. They have one superstar pass rusher in Khalil Mack and while they have the likes of Mario Edwards Jr and Bruce Irvin adding Joey Bosa would give them serious bite on the inside in pass rush packages and help protect their weaker than ideal secondary. Realistically the Chargers are very unlikely to send a player like Bosa to a divisional rival unless the offer is very, very good.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
For years the Buccaneers have had an anaemic pass rush. It has been helped by Gerald McCoy being a monster on the inside and the potential emergence of Jacquies Smith but undoubtedly the Bucs need more help on the edge. The Glazer’s have shied away from making splashy deals since their free agent moves for Carl Nicks and then Darrelle Revis backfired horribly, but Bosa is a very safe prospect and a versatile player. His ability to kick inside on 3rd down and truly superb run defense on the edge would give the Bucs a Michael Bennett type player, only this time they wouldn’t let him walk away for nothing. The only stumbling block with the Bucs would be the price. While they have good prospects at key positions I don’t think general manager Jason Licht would be willing to part with more than a future first round pick to get Bosa to Tampa Bay.
This might be the best fit for Bosa as a player. While he can play outside the tackle and turn the corner I feel he could be far more successful inside the offensive tackle, more like JJ Watt than Robert Quinn. As such the Bills variable fronts, with the big blitzes of Rex Ryan behind him ensuring he gets single blocks, Bosa could become a wrecking ball. He is too fast for most guards to handle comfortably and if given an opportunity to mix up his gaps he could really create mayhem. Buffalo have just got themselves out of the hole they dug after trading for Sammy Watkins, but Ryan has never been able to turn down a big prospect on the defensive line. With Mario Williams moving on to Miami and Kyle Williams getting up there in age Buffalo need to start restocking that defensive front. Shaq Lawson will be nailed into the outside rush spot but there are plenty of snaps to go around with only Marcel Dareus really locked into getting serious snaps on the inside. Bosa is exactly the type of player Rex Ryan loves, and he could well be on the phone to San Diego right now.