Joey Bosa is the only player not signed in the 2017 NFL Draft, and things are not getting any better. According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, the Chargers could trade Joey Bosa if he is not signed soon.
Here is how it works:
Bosa can sign at any time through the Tuesday after Week 10. Beyond that point, he can’t play in 2016.
After the season, the Chargers would retain exclusive rights to him until the 2017 draft begins. At that point, Bosa would re-enter the draft.
Because the Chargers would continue to hold his rights, no other team could talk to Bosa before the draft, and he wouldn’t be permitted to return to the Scouting Combine.
The Chargers could, in theory, trade Bosa. But they would need to do it quickly. Under the CBA, they can trade Bosa’s rights up until the 30th day before the start of the regular season. The regular season begins on September 8, with the Panthers visiting the Broncos. The Chargers have until Tuesday, August 9 to send his rights to another team.
Could you imagine if Bosa reentered the 2017 NFL Draft?