Chargers make massive commitment to Joey Bosa during strange times

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Joey Bosa‘s holdout from 2016 apparently resonated into 2020.

At a time when the NFL is bracing for a season of unprecedented chaos, unexpected losses and a potentially sharp drop in the salary cap for 2021, the Chargers bit the bullet and made Joey Bosa the highest paid defensive player in NFL history with a massive five-year, $135 million extension. Coupled with the $14.36 million Bosa was due to make in 2020, it’s a six-year deal with a value at signing of $24.89 million per year.

The $27 million new-money average leapfrogs Browns defensive end Myles Garrett by $2 million per year and leaves Bears linebacker Khalil Mack, at $23 million per year, and Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, at $22.5 million per year, in the dust.

Despite the Chargers being on the brink of a season with no fans in the stands (some would say that’s no different than any other season), they broke the bank for Bosa, who held out deep into his rookie preseason over a handful of relatively minor issues in his largely boilerplate contract as the third overall pick in the draft. This time around, the Chargers wouldn’t have surrendered $78 million fully guaranteed and $102 million in total guarantees if they didn’t fear a holdout from Bosa, or perhaps even an opt out.

Bosa has 40 career sacks in 51 career games, an average of 0.78 per game. He has one Pro Bowl appearance in four years, and he has missed 13 games in four seasons due to injury.

Bosa has tremendous potential and at times he has had significant production, but his high-water mark for single-season sacks is only 12.5 — with Melvin Ingram on the other side of the line to dilute the attention that can be devoted to Bosa.

And so the deal can be characterized as nothing other than a grand slam for Bosa, especially in light of the current issues engulfing the Chargers and the rest of the NFL. Although the final numbers will tell the whole story, in this situation the early indications are that Bosa got every penny, and possibly then some, from the Chargers.

29 responses to “Chargers make massive commitment to Joey Bosa during strange times

  1. Bosa is a complete defensive end. He’s equally as disruptive in the run game and never lets up.

  2. Love everything about Bosa as a player, I’m an OSU guy too but no way is he worth more Myles Garrett.

    Browns look like winners with this deal.

  3. Think we can all agree that when it comes to high-paid pass rushers, they don’t make em like they used to. Gone are the days of guys like Reggie White who play ~15 seasons and 16 games a season. Now we have guys like JJ Watt and Clay Matthews who seem to average playing 10-12 games a year. By all indications, Joey Bosa will be following in their footsteps soon.

  4. I’ve heard of overpaying a player before, but that contract is the most ridiculous overpay I’ve ever seen. For a guy you may get ten games a year from.
    QB money for a DL? How many good players will they cut next year when the cap goes down?
    Exhibit A why the Chargers never win anything.

  5. “Joey Bosa“ and “highest paid defensive player in NFL history” seems so non sequitur at first glance. And at second glance. And probably every glance thereafter

  6. This guy is not that good. Another AFC team making a collosal blunder with no 2020 season.

  7. kingbags says:
    July 29, 2020 at 6:52 am
    Bosa is a complete defensive end. He’s equally as disruptive in the run game and never lets up.

    10 6 Rate Thi

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    Wrong. I saw him live once. He was terrible in every way. Couldn’t do anything and is a massive liability vs the run.

    Bad franchises double down to try “sell” a commitment to winning and sell PSLs.

    Try to keep up.

  8. A team can afford this if they have quarterbacks on low end contracts. Not saying that it is a good idea, though. Too much money for a single player other than QB when injury risk is considered.

  9. Wrong. I saw him live once
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    Oh wow okay case closed then I guess.

  10. Damn, I’ve been stressed for months after losing part of our income and this kid is getting how much??? Extremely stupid PR move during the pandemic.

  11. touchback6 says:
    July 29, 2020 at 8:46 am

    Wrong. I saw him live once. He was terrible in every way.

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    You’ve completely changed my mind by virtue of having seen him live once. Before I read that, I thought he was at least an okay player. Now? He may as well change his last name to Blow-sa. Extremely convincing and compelling argument.

  12. Good. You should be allowed to make money even during these “strange times.” I personally got a new gig and a substantial pay increase to go with it and I don’t spend a millisecond feeling guilty about it. We still live in America – you can either go get yours or keep whining

  13. supercharger says:
    July 29, 2020 at 8:57 am
    Wrong. I saw him live once
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    Oh wow okay case closed then I guess.

    9 3 Rate This

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    Oh, it’s closed. If you can’t set the edge vs the run and get abused over and over and over and can’t understand the position and just want “sack” as your team loses again and gives up 30 again, the case is absolutely closed.

    Hype and media coverage out of a big NCAA program and a lot of self promotion does not make you a great player.

    He’s soft, finesse and overrated. Have a nice day and enjoy your cap hell.

  14. redclaw1314 says:
    July 29, 2020 at 8:51 am
    A team can afford this if they have quarterbacks on low end contracts. Not saying that it is a good idea, though. Too much money for a single player other than QB when injury risk is considered.

    3 0 Rate This

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    Well, you’re a Pats fan and most Pats fans get that there is a salary cap and get how vital it is to have that cap health year to year.

    These other fans just want media attention from one overrated player so they can buy a jersey and proclaim how many “pro bowls” said player has been to, even though people who know the game know how overrated the player is.

    Can’t wait for Bosa to get turned around on national tv again for 4 quarters as the RB just runs right by him.

  15. Why all this talk about the salary cap going down? The NFL makes billions of dollars a year. I believe gross revenues for 2019 was something like 14b. The owners need to buck up and accept a down year due to a pandemic. Drastically reducing the salary cap will destroy many teams. Franchise players will have to be cut or restructure. Free agency will be a complete mess. Just cut your losses and move on. How much gd money to these greedy jerks need anyway?

  16. Can he play on the OL? Until Chargers fix that mess and QB situation they will be same old Chargers.

  17. terrystown says:
    July 29, 2020 at 9:36 am
    Why all this talk about the salary cap going down? The NFL makes billions of dollars a year. I believe gross revenues for 2019 was something like 14b. The owners need to buck up and accept a down year due to a pandemic. Drastically reducing the salary cap will destroy many teams. Franchise players will have to be cut or restructure. Free agency will be a complete mess. Just cut your losses and move on. How much gd money to these greedy jerks need anyway?

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    Are you honestly this clueless? Have you heard of COvid19? If no fans in the stands or reduced fans, it’s an assessed 5billion loss, and that doesn’t count if they cancel games or the season.

    Have you been under a rock?

    These people are also some of the greediest in the world. One owner was quoted as being angry they were not making enough during the last CBA when the ratings tanked when Goodell was caught cheating again in a federal court.

  18. I like Bosa and he’s a great player but paying a DL over $20M/yr is ridiculous. I don’t think anyone should be making that much except for the QB. When you pay players other than QB over $20M you might as well forget about building a complete team. There’s just not enough money to go around for all the other positions to build a decent team unless you have a lot of people making the league minimum. That usually doesn’t relate to being a winning team.

    Oh, and I’d take Bosa over Myles Garrett in a heartbeat.

  19. The good ol boys always get overpaid without hesitation. You can tell Bosa is the teachers pet type.

  20. whynotjustadmitit says:
    July 29, 2020 at 9:58 am

    The good ol boys always get overpaid without hesitation. You can tell Bosa is the teachers pet type.

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    The sort of “teacher’s pet” that holds out in his rookie season?

    I would not call that expert analysis.

  21. As an OHIO STATE man… I will always appreciate
    both Nick and Joey Bosa as Buckeye greats.

    As for Myles Garrett being better or worth more than Joey Bosa…
    … I’m not going there.

    I am a Cincinnati Bengals “fan”… but… I will say that Myles Garrett
    is my favorite Cleveland Browns player all-time.

    (SEE: Video of Myles Garrett DESTROYING pittsburgh’s mason rudolph)

  22. Great player, but I hate the contract. My concern isn’t his talent, more about how many games will this guy play over the length of that contract.

  23. Congrats to Bosa and his agent. Shocked the Chargers actually paid top dollar, they’re notoriously cheap.

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