Derwin James Gets The Bag đź’°

08/18/2022 Derwin James Gets The Bag đź’°

By: Jeff Yoder

Charges Make Derwin James NFL’s Highest-Paid Safety With $76.5 Million Deal

The Chargers defense is already scary, but locking in Derwin James for the long run just made things downright terrifying for the AFC West. The Chargers inked James to a 4-year, $76.5 million deal on Wednesday that makes him the highest-paid safety in NFL history. James reported to training camp but remained a hold-in (not holdout) while contract negotiations took place. He didn’t practice, but he was committed to finding resolution.


Highest-Paid NFL Safeties

Derwin James (LAC): $19.1 Million / Year

Minkah Fitzpatrick (PIT): #18.2 Million / Year

Jamal Adams (SEA): $17.5 Million / Year


The Bolts Defense

The Chargers defensive upgrades were necessary heading into 2022. The Bolts added Khalil Mack to create a lethal 1-2 punch alongside Joey Bosa. They’re deep at every defensive position, and locking in James along with J.C. Jackson in the defensive backfield could spell trouble for the AFC West in the coming years. Surprisingly, L.A. ranked 28th last season in points allowed and 22nd in yards allowed.


Additional Storylines

The Athletic: Why NFL Players Hold-In & What It Means for Bears’ Roquan Smith

Yahoo! Sports: Derwin James Signs Chargers Extension That Makes Him Highest-Paid Safety in NFL History


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