The Chargers resolved the most important challenge hanging over their coaching camp, agreeing to phrases on a contract extension for star security Derwin James Jr.
James will obtain 4 years and as much as $76.5 million — $42 million of which is assured —making him the NFL’s highest-paid at his place.
James has been with the Chargers, taking part in conferences and walk-throughs however has not been practising.
Coming into his fifth season, James was set to make barely greater than $9 million on the choice of his rookie deal.
He’s coming off a season wherein he made his second Professional Bowl and established himself as the important thing piece of coach Brandon Staley’s protection. James is the Chargers’ signal-caller and extensively acknowledged chief.
James possesses the flexibility to play everywhere in the discipline, from lining up deep to coming off the sting as a move rusher and practically every thing in between.
The extension marketplace for safeties was reset in mid-June when Pittsburgh agreed with Minkah Fitzpatrick on a deal that added 4 years and as much as $73.6 million — with $36 million assured — to his rookie contract.
Within the 2018 draft, Miami chosen Fitzpatrick eleventh total, six spots earlier than the Chargers picked James. The Dolphins traded Fitzpatrick to the Steelers in September 2019.
An All-Professional as a rookie, James appeared in solely 5 video games in 2019 and ’20 due to harm.
He had a separated shoulder in the course of the 2021 season however was in a position to stay on the sphere. He had surgical procedure after the season.
He totaled 118 tackles, ending third leaguewide amongst defensive backs. Fitzpatrick was first with 124.
On the opening of camp, Staley mentioned James’ shoulder was sound and that he’d be a full-go healthwise as soon as his contract state of affairs was settled.