The Los Angeles Chargers have locked up their best defensive player for the foreseeable future. Several weeks after the Cleveland Browns signed their leading defender Myles Garrett to a five-year, $125 million extension, the Bolts rewarded their star edge-rusher even more handsomely.
Defensive end Joey Bosa has agreed to sign a five-year contract extension with the team, worth $135 million.
The contract will keep Bosa in Los Angeles through 2025. Sources close to the team have said that the deal includes more than $100 million in guarantee money with a huge $78 million fully guaranteed as soon as the contract is signed.
All three of these figures are record-breaking for a defensive player in the NFL.
Bosa has proven to be one of the best defensive ends in the league, racking up 40 sacks, 82 quarterback hits, five forced fumbles, and 53 tackles for loss in his first four seasons. What makes these stats even more impressive is the fact that he has missed 13 games due to injuries.
Despite missing the first four games of the season after being drafted third overall in the 2016 draft, Bosa’s performance in the 12 games he played earned him Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.