Chargers sign Joey Bosa to lucrative five-year contract extension
The COVID-19 pandemic may have painted an uncertain future when it comes to professional sports. However, that hasn’t stopped historic contracts from getting done. The NFL has been shelling out massive deals with Patrick Mahomes inking the most lucrative contract in sports history. As well as that, the Los Angeles Chargers are joining in the fun by signing defensive end Joey Bosa to an enormous deal. The news comes via ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
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Chargers and DE Joey Bosa reached agreement on a 5-year, $135 million extension that ties him to LA the next six years, league sources tell ESPN. He had $78M fully guaranteed at signing and $102M guaranteed – a new NFL defensive record.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 29, 2020
The Chargers are a team looking to build around their young players after recently parting ways with the face of the franchise in veteran quarterback Philip Rivers. The Los Angeles franchise has a new arena in SoFi Stadium in which they’ll share with the Los Angeles Rams and appear to be continuing the youth movement with Joey Bosa around for the long-term along with rookie quarterback Justin Herbert and running back Austin Ekeler.
After a season to forget in which the Chargers struggled to draw a home crowd in Los Angeles, the team needed to go in a different direction and that may have been signaled with Bosa’s contract extension. The team is willing to invest in their long-term future with Bosa at the forefront, but the real question now is whether Herbert is the real deal and if the team can quickly turn things around after such a disappointing season last year.
Only time will tell as the Chargers embark in a new era with a new quarterback and a superstar on defense that can now solely focus on the field rather than his financial future with the franchise.