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Monday’s roundup: Chargers, Bosa agree to contract

Associated Press

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

Team officials announced the signing five days after the two sides went public in their nasty spat over payment of Bosa’s $17 million signing bonus and whether the contract would have offset language. The signing also came a day after San Diego’s defense played poorly in a 23-10 exhibition loss at Minnesota.

Last Wednesday, Chargers officials threatened to reduce their offer to Bosa under the assumption he wouldn’t be ready to play a full season.

Bosa, the No. 3 overall pick out of Ohio State, was the last rookie to sign.

There was no immediate indication of what led to the deal getting done.

Chargers officials released a statement last Wednesday saying they had given Bosa’s agents their best offer and it was rejected.

One of Bosa’s agents, Brian Ayrault, then released a statement saying the team had manipulated the facts and that going public would not strengthen the team’s relationship with the player.

The rhetoric accelerated earlier this month when Cheryl Bosa, Joey’s mother, posted a remark toward the Chargers on Facebook. In a reply to someone frustrated by the impasse, she wrote: “It bums me out for him so much. Wish we pulled an Eli Manning on draft day.”

Bosa’s father, John, is a former first-round draft pick of the Dolphins. He held out for 41 days as a rookie.

The Bosa spat came amid the Chargers’ push for a ballot initiative that will ask voters for a $1.1 billion subsidy via an increase in the hotel tax to help pay for a new stadium and convention center downtown

Broncos quarterback set

From afterthought to starter, Trevor Siemian is Peyton Manning’s successor.

Coach Gary Kubiak told the team Siemian will be the starting quarterback when the Broncos face the Panthers in the season opener Sept. 8.

Siemian will become the only quarterback with zero passing attempts to take over a defending Super Bowl champion in Week 1.

Kubiak informed Siemian, Mark Sanchez and Paxton Lynch of his decision before telling their teammates at their morning meeting.

Extra points

The Saints acquired defensive end Chris McCain from the Dolphins in exchange for a future conditional seventh-round pick.

... The Browns released veteran linebacker Paul Kruger.

Kruger started 46 games and made 18 sacks in three seasons for the Browns, who signed him as a free agent in 2013 after he helped the Ravens win the Super Bowl.

The Browns also terminated the contracts of defensive end Nick Hayden and quarterback Austin Davis and waived defensive back K’Waun Williams and incumbent kicker Travis Coons, giving Patrick Murray the starting job.

... Washington has signed defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins, 35, who spent the past three seasons with the N.Y. Giants.

... The Cardinals have waived injured quarterback Jake Coker and released 11 players in their first round of roster cuts.

... Cardinals cornerback Mike Jenkins is out for the season after tearing an ACL in a exhibition loss to the Texans.

... The Seahawks released veteran defensive back Brandon Browner.

... Former Patriots offensive lineman and team dentist Bill Lenkaitis has died after an 18-month battle with brain cancer. He was 70.