After a number of notable additions to their team this offseason, the Los Angeles Chargers look like they could be one of the best teams in the NFL this season. The organization made a huge move to keep one of their top players on Wednesday.
The Chargers have officially come to terms with two-time Pro Bowl safety Derwin James on a four-year contract extension worth $76.4 million that will keep him with the Chargers organization through the 2026-27 NFL season.
Derwin James and the Chargers have agreed on a massive 4-year $76.4M extension, which averages $19.133M a year and resets the safety market. This deal makes James the highest paid safety in NFL history, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 17, 2022
This comes after a short opt-in for James where he was not participating in practice for the Chargers, but luckily both sides were able to come to terms on a deal.
With this deal, James will become the highest-paid safety in the history of the NFL, averaging over $19 million per year through the duration of his contract.
It is certainly a steep price for a safety, but many believe that it is justified considering he is still in the prime of his career at only 26 years old.
Both sides were at a standstill for a while during camp but closed the gap this week. James now highest-paid safety by a good margin. https://t.co/Ooh7C7Bnn8
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) August 17, 2022
"Holding in" works. https://t.co/CdCsmddPmu
— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) August 17, 2022
Derwin isn't going anywhere, folks.
With the historic deal done, all eyes are now on the Raiders in Week 1. https://t.co/HOTdJ7mHRu
— Michael Peterson (@ZoneTracks) August 17, 2022
Glad the Chargers got this done, he's the glue that holds that defense together and the energy on the team. This could be a special year for the Chargers https://t.co/xX59HmhpJr
— Leger Douzable (@LegerDouzable) August 17, 2022
yet another hold in comes to an end
with James, it's not a question of talent & versatility..it's all about durability
2018 – played all 16 gms
2019 – played just 5 gms (stress fracture right foot)
2020 – missed entire season (torn meniscus)
2021 – played in 15 of 17 gms https://t.co/Er7YggEo1T
— Lance Medow (@LanceMedow) August 17, 2022
On top of this, the Kansas City Chiefs are always going to be around in the division, so it’s important to have all hands on deck for the Chargers as they head into the 2022-23 NFL season.
This move assures that James will be good to go this upcoming season, and his impact could finally lift them over the top of their extremely competitive division and into the playoffs for the first time since 2018 next year.