Chargers’ Joey Bosa could be in for a massive payday in 2021
The Cleveland Browns handed Myles Garrett a massive five-year, $125 million contract extension on Wednesday, a pact that makes him the highest-paid defensive end in the NFL. One fellow pass rusher that Garrett’s deal will inevitably affect is Los Angeles Chargers defensive lineman Joey Bosa, as Gavino Borquez of Chargers Wire notes.
Bosa is slated to earn $14.36 million this coming season in what is the final year on his current deal. Whether or not Bosa decides to hold out for a new contract remains to be seen, but even if he doesn’t, he will definitely be due for a rather hefty payday next offseason.
The 25-year-old will likely command a deal within the same ballpark as Garrett, Chicago Bears pass rusher Khalil Mack ($23.5 million per year) and Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman DeMarcus Lawrence ($21 million annually).
Bosa is coming off of a 2019 campaign in which he played every game and racked up 67 tackles, 11.5 sacks, and a forced fumble en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.
The Miami native, who played his collegiate football at Ohio State, was originally selected by the Chargers with the third overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.
He appeared in 12 contests during his rookie year and was impressive, finishing with 41 tackles and 10.5 sacks. The following season, Bosa was even better, registering 70 tackles, 12.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery, earning his first Pro Bowl selection.
Injuries then limited Bosa to just seven games in 2018. He logged 23 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery when he was on the field.