COSTA MESA, Calif. – Defensive end Joey Bosa has agreed to extend his contact to become the highest paid defender in the NFL.
Two people familiar with the agreement said the five-year extension was worth $ 135 million, which includes $ 78 million guaranteed at signing and a total of $ 102 million. On Tuesday night, people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been concluded. ESPN was the first to report on the transaction.
The deal will eclipse the five-year $ 125 million extension signed by Cleveland Myles Garrett two weeks ago. The contract included $ 100 million guaranteed for Garrett, the defensive ending that was the best choice in 2017.
The chargers confirmed that Bosa had agreed to the extension, but did not disclose the financial terms.
Bosa entered the fifth and final season of his contract with the rookie. Some thought he would stay if no agreement was reached, but announced on Tuesday that the camp would flee.
General Manager Tom Telesco said on Monday that the chargers are in good position with wage reduction flexibility so that expansions can be completed. The Players’ Union had Los Angeles with a space of $ 20.38 million, which was 10 million in the league before the Bosa overtime.
The Over the Cap website also estimated that chargers will have the second highest cap by 2021, although there will be a reduction in how many teams can spend due to a coronavirus pandemic.
The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Bosa was the third overall pick in the 2016 draft and was selected to two Pro Bowls. Last season he tied for second place in the AFC with 11.5 bags and in three of his four seasons he had bags with two numbers. The third was in the defensive ends and the second in the AFC with 60 matches, of which 16 for loss. Bosa also had 25 quarterback hits and forced to throw.
Last year, Bosa became the first charger since Kevin Burnett in 2010 to record three straight multi-bag games.
The Bosa extension also prevents chargers from having chaotic restraint in the second live season. Running back Melvin Gordon did not report until the fourth week of last year’s regular season. Gordon signed with Denver during the offseason.