New contract, same attitude for Chargers DE Joey Bosa

The big bucks now stops with Joey Bosa. The Los Angeles Chargers defensive end just signed a multi-year extension contract making him the highest-paid defensive player in the National Football League.

“First of all, I just want to thank the Spanos family for believing in me and it just validates all of the hard work I’ve put in over the years. I want to thank [general manager] Tom Telsco as well. He was instrumental in getting this done, and again, for them to believe in me and to want me to be part of their team and to be kind of the face of the team for the next six years, it means the world.”

Is Bosa worth the reported five-year, $135 million contract that the Chargers gave him? That may depend on who you ask. What the Chargers gave to Bosa in his contract extension is usually reserved for quarterbacks. Well, maybe after Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes signed that gigantic $503 million contract, maybe not anymore.

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With a new contract extension, Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (97) has now become the face of the franchise. Photo by Mark Hammond for News4usonline

Either way, Bosa is a richer man today than he was just last week. With training camp getting in gear, Bosa said he’s happy to come to an agreement sooner than later.

“I’m very relieved that I got it done early,” said Bosa. “It definitely came together a little faster than I expected. There wasn’t a lot of talk during the offseason, obviously with COVID-19 and all the uncertainty surrounding the season and everything. There wasn’t a lot of room to get working on this, but once a lot of things were figured out with the PA (National Football League Players Association) the owners and everything, it took about a week and went down to the last minute. But I think we’re both happy where it ended up.”

Based on his reported extension, Bosa will not be making any chump change. After examining his play in the past and the expected upward trajectory he is likely to take his career in, Bosa played for his new deal. For the Chargers, Bosa has been nothing short of sensational his first four years in the NFL.

In return for his hard work and excellent on-field play, the Chargers rewarded Bosa by making him the Alpha of defensive players with his huge paycheck.

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Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (97) chases down an Oakland Raiders ball carrier. Photo by Mark Hammond for News4usonline

“It means the world,” Bosa said. ” I had no real expectations, exactly where it was going to end up. I just wanted to get what was I thought was fair to me, and I kind of let my agent handle that. He obviously is a beast and got a helluva contract. It’s hard to even comprehend, you know, with all the amazing players that have come before me and will come after me. It will probably be a short-lived record which is great because I’m just happy to set the bar. Maybe my brother (Nick Bosa) in a few years will surpass me in a few years. I’m sure of that. For now, it means the world, obviously.”

He’s made the Pro Bowl twice. In three of the four years, he has been in the league, Bosa has registered double-digits in the number of sacks. He earned Rookie of the Year honors after recording 10 and a half sacks in 2016. And in the first 20 games of his career, Bosa recorded 19 sacks, an NFL record. Bosa’s sack totals in his first four seasons with the Chargers is 40 and counting.

With all of this going on, Bosa admitted that seeing Cleveland Browns hand Myles Garrett a massive extension on his contract (a reported $125 million in five years) may have helped in speeding up his new deal.

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In 2019, Joey Bosa (97) accounted for 11.5 sacks. Bosa set an NFL record with 19 sacks in 20 games. Photo by Mark Hammond for News4usonline

“I think it could have definitely had a part to play in it,” Bosa said. “I think my holdout my rookie year could also have played a part in it. They know what I bring to the team. I know my own values, so I think they’ve seen the body of work that I’ve put in and I don’t think either of us wanted to butt heads and I certainly didn’t want to go anywhere else.”

Along with having the numbers to back up his dominating play, Bosa made the NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2020 list at No. 34. In 2019, Bosa made 67 total tackles, 11.5 sacks, and produced 18 tackles for losses. Being picked by his peers for the NFL’s Top 100 Players 2020 list isn’t Bosa’s first rodeo. Bosa made the list three other times. So far, Bosa is batting .1000 when it comes to the Top 100 players list.

But in taking his game to the next level, Bosa says he enjoys looking at some of the old footage he has of himself.

“At this point, I watch a lot of my own film and I try to pick apart what I can do better and catch things,” said Bosa. “I really just try to watch some of my old films and catch things that I can get better at.”

To say that Bosa, the No. 3 overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, outplayed his rookie contract is an understatement. But numbers or playing the stat game does not give the entire perspective of how disruptive Bosa can be to opposing offenses. With his tag-team buddy Melvin Ingram playing on the other side, Bosa has proven to be virtually unblockable.

“I’m just so grateful to be healthy and to be playing the way I am now an for the team to have faith in me to extend me for those five years,” Bosa said. “It’s crazy.”

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