Chargers and DE Joey Bosa Agree to a 5-Year, $135 Million Extension

Chargers' DE Joey Bosa in 2017. Photo by Chris Szagola/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Los Angeles Chargers have reached an extension with Pro Bowl defensive end Joey Bosa according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Bosa inked a five-year deal, which will keep him with the organization through 2025.

Bosa, who had 11.5 sacks and 67 tackles in 2019, was entering the last year of his rookie deal. He was Bolts’ third overall pick in 2016.

Reportedly, Bosa’s new contract will earn him $135 million with $78 million guaranteed at signing and a total of $102 million in guarantees. The 25-year-old player’s $27 million annual salary makes him the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL. The previous record was held by DE Myles Garret, who received a five-year, $125 million extension from Cleveland Browns earlier this month. 

This is also the record for the franchise, as Chargers never gave $100+ million deal to a player before.

During his previous four years in NFL, Joey Bosa established himself as one of the most disruptive defenders in the league. He had double-digits in sacking in three of four years, missing the mark only in 2017 when foot injury limited him to just seven games.

Bosa’s career stats include 201 tackles, 40.0 sacks, six forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. He made the Pro Bowl in two seasons.