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San Diego signs Bosa, ending last rookie holdout

SAN DIEGO — Joey Bosa ended his monthlong holdout Monday when he signed a four-year contract with the Chargers.

The team announced the signing five days after the two sides went public in their nasty spat over payment of Bosa's $17 million signing bonus. The signing also came a day after San Diego's defense played poorly in a 23-10 exhibition loss at Minnesota.

Bosa is scheduled to report to practice today.

The Chargers threatened Wednesday to cut their offer under the assumption Bosa wouldn't be ready to play a full season. The No. 3 overall pick out of Ohio State was the last rookie to sign.

"We look forward to having Joey join us and getting him prepared as quickly as possible for the 2016 season," general manager Tom Telesco said in a statement on the team's website.

Sunday morning the Chargers and Todd France, one of Bosa's representatives, agreed to a deal largely resembling the team's "best offer" from last week, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. The contract features an 85 percent cash payout of Bosa's signing bonus, or about $14.45 million, this calendar year, with the rest deferred to March, the newspaper said.

Also, the Chargers released receiver James Jones, best known for his eight seasons with the Packers.

Siemian to start: Trevor Siemian is Peyton Manning's successor. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak told the team that Siemian will be the starting quarterback for Denver's opener, Sept. 8 against Carolina. Siemian, a seventh-round draft pick last year out of Northwestern, edged veteran Mark Sanchez and rookie Paxton Lynch. "I'm not trying to be Peyton. I could probably get in a lot of trouble trying to be a first ballot Hall of Famer," Siemian said. "So, those shoes are way too big to fill." He has no plans to hit up Manning's phone: "No, I'm sure he's pretty busy. He's probably got some commercials to shoot or something."

Kruger blasts Browns: The Browns released linebacker Paul Kruger, one of the team's veteran leaders. He blasted the organization on Twitter, calling his release "unfortunate and absolutely the wrong decision." Also, punter Andy Lee, who made no attempt to tackle Tampa Bay's Adam Humphries on a 73-yard touchdown return in Friday's preseason game at Raymond James Stadium, was traded to the Panthers for punter Kasey Redfern and a 2018 fourth-round pick.

Elliott's regret: Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott said he regrets his trip to a legal marijuana shop before Thursday's loss to the Seahawks. The former Ohio State standout visited Herban Legends in Seattle last week. "It was a bad decision," Elliott said, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "…I was curious. Didn't really think about it before I went in what the repercussions could have been."

Cardinals: They waived quarterback Jake Coker, who directed Alabama to the national championship last season after transferring from Florida State. Also, former Bucs and USF cornerback Mike Jenkins is out for the season with a torn right ACL, suffered in a non-contact fall.

Dolphins: Starting receivers Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker were hurt in practice; their status was unknown. Also, Miami traded defensive end Chris McCain to the Saints for a future draft choice; AP said it would be a conditional seventh-rounder.

Raiders: Former Gulf High and Florida defensive tackle Leon Orr was released.

Obituary: Hubbard Alexander, a former assistant in Dallas and in college at Miami, died Sunday, the Cowboys said. He was 77. Mr. Alexander was on the staff for two national titles at UM and three Super Bowls in Dallas.

San Diego signs Bosa, ending last rookie holdout 08/29/16 [Last modified: Monday, August 29, 2016 10:30pm]
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