The 2020 Offseason has been kind to defensive lineman searching for a contract extension. Arik Armstead, Deforest Buckner, Myles Garrett and Chris Jones have all received huge pay days this off-season. But Joey Bosa topped them all. Today he inked a five year, 135 million dollar deal with 102 million in guaranteed money with 78 million being fully guaranteed at signing. Both records for a defensive player. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report the big news. Bosa is now the highest paid defensive player in the NFL.
Bosa has been one of the most consistent players in the NFL since he stepped on the field. A top 5 pick in the 2016 NFL draft, Bosa recorded 10.5 sacks to go along with 17 TFL and 21 QB Hits. And that was in only 12 games. Those numbers were good enough for him to walk away with the 2016 Defensive Rookie of the Year award. Bosa followed that up with 12.5 sacks in his second season which earned him a Pro Bowl nod. His third season was injury filled and he ended with only 5.5 sacks. He returned to the Pro Bowl in 2019 after recording 11.5 sacks, 18 TFL and 31 QB Hits.
Why He’s Worth It
It may seem like a lot of money but Bosa is worth every penny. Although he passes the numbers test, he’s the kind of player who does things that don’t show up on the stat sheet. Like setting the edge in run support. Bosa has improved tremendously in this area. He maintains leverage, stands tackles up at the point of attack and works his way into the backfield. He doesn’t let many plays get outside of him. Another area Bosa excels in is eating up blockers. Teams have to send multiple blockers his way in order to contain him. When that happens it opens up things for other players along the defensive front.
Bosa is a problem for offensive gameplan’s even when he’s not sacking the QB. Players that are dominant on a play by play basis are worth the big bucks. Here’s some numbers from PFF that show just how dominant Joey has been.
Bosa is one of the league’s best in multiple categories. This deal had to get done. After seeing Myles Garrett sign a five year, 125 million dollar extension, the Chargers felt it was best to act now. The price would’ve went up even higher if they waited until next season. Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram will look to become one of the league’s top passing duos.
Bosa will be expected to take his game to an even higher level after this deal. And after seeing him in his first four seasons, there’s no reason to doubt him now.