Former Ohio State Defensive End Joey Bosa Signs Record-Breaking Five-Year, $135 Million Contract Extension with Los Angeles Chargers

By Dan Hope on July 28, 2020 at 9:51 pm
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Joey Bosa is now the NFL's highest-paid defensive player.

Bosa has agreed to a five-year, $135 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Chargers that includes $78 million fully guaranteed at signing and $102 million in total guarantees – both NFL records for a defensive player – ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday night.

The massive payday for Bosa came on the day he was required to report to Chargers training camp and undergo a COVID-19 test to avoid being fined. Bosa arrived at the Chargers' practice facility just before the 5 p.m. PT reporting deadline, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Bosa, who is entering his fifth season in the NFL, earned his second career Pro Bowl berth in 2019, when he recorded 64 total tackles with 11.5 sacks. He was ranked 34th on the NFL's Top 100, the annual countdown of the league's best players as voted on by the players themselves, as revealed on NFL Network on Tuesday night.

Bosa has now surpassed Michael Thomas, who signed a five-year, $100 million contract extension with the New Orleans Saints a year ago, to become the highest-paid former Ohio State player in the NFL.

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