Top Ad
I DIG Radio
Listen live to the best music from around the world!
I DIG Style
Learn about the latest fashion styles and more...

Source: Chargers star James gets historic deal

Written by 
Published in Breaking News
Wednesday, 17 August 2022 10:12

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Chargers and All-Pro safety Derwin James have agreed to terms on a four-year, $76.4 million contract extension, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The deal has an average annual value of $19.13 million and resets the safety market, making James the highest-paid safety in NFL history, a source told Schefter.

The Chargers announced Wednesday that James signed a multi-year contract extension but did not disclose terms.

James agreed to the deal one day after Chargers coach Brandon Staley described the star safety as an "impact player" and the "heartbeat of our defense."

"When I see him, I'm like, 'That's a defensive back,' because he can play anywhere," Staley said Tuesday. "He can play either safety spot, he can play corner. ... He can rush the quarterback and make an impact as a blitzer, he can make an impact in man-to-man coverage, and then he can make an impact in zone defense, whether he's playing low or high -- and he's our signal-caller and the heartbeat of our defense."

James reported to training camp on July 26 but remained a "hold-in" over the past three weeks, missing 14 practices as contract negotiations continued. He did participate in team walk-throughs and individual agility drills, however, while keeping a constant presence among teammates on the sideline.

Staley expressed confidence that James would be physically ready to participate in football activities when a deal was reached, saying "there is no one that has more pride in his performance and his ability to be in shape, mentally and physically, to do the job at the highest level than him."

James, 26, is a key playmaker on a defense that has heightened expectations this season after a significant upgrade in personnel.

The Chargers acquired outside linebacker Khalil Mack in a trade with the Chicago Bears to form a pass-rushing duo with Pro Bowl edge Joey Bosa, signed Pro Bowl cornerback J.C. Jackson to a five-year, $82.5 million contract in free agency and also added defensive linemen Sebastian Joseph-Day, Austin Johnson and Morgan Fox.

With James' extension, the Chargers ensure that they have several of the NFL's top defensive playmakers under contract for the foreseeable future, including Mack, Bosa and Jackson.

The 17th overall pick in the 2018 draft, James was entering the fifth and final season of his rookie contract and was scheduled to earn slightly more than $9 million. He has 257 tackles, 5.5 sacks, five interceptions and three forced fumbles in his career.

James earned All-Pro and Pro Bowl recognition as a rookie before playing only five games in 2019 because of a foot injury. He also missed the entire 2020 season because of a knee injury.

In 15 games last season, James recorded 117 tackles (tied for No. 3 in the NFL among all defensive backs), intercepted two passes, forced three fumbles and had two sacks.

Following an appearance in his second Pro Bowl in February, James underwent surgery on the labrum in his left shoulder. A week before he reported to training camp, James told ESPN that he felt healthy.

Read 36 times


TAA, Salah help Liverpool ease past Rangers

TAA, Salah help Liverpool ease past Rangers

Liverpool bounced back from Saturday's disappointing draw against Brighton and Hove Albion to ease p...

Barca in UCL danger after 1-0 loss at Inter

Barca in UCL danger after 1-0 loss at Inter

Barcelona are in danger of failing to make it out of the Champions League group phase after a 1-0 lo...

Sources: Leverkusen eye Xabi Alonso as boss

Sources: Leverkusen eye Xabi Alonso as boss

Bayer Leverkusen are considering sacking manager Gerardo Seoane and are looking at appointing Xabi A...


Suns likely to fetch record sale price, bankers say

Suns likely to fetch record sale price, bankers say

As Robert Sarver prepares to sell the NBA's Phoenix Suns and WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, investment bank...

NBA GMs favor Bucks to win title; Luka for MVP

NBA GMs favor Bucks to win title; Luka for MVP

The Milwaukee Bucks are slight favorites to win the 2023 NBA championship, and Luka Doncic was tappe...


Nats GM calls Strasburg's 2023 status 'a mystery'

Nats GM calls Strasburg's 2023 status 'a mystery'

NEW YORK -- Stephen Strasburg's status for 2023 is up in the air after a series of injuries that lim...

Mets could start deGrom with shot at first place

Mets could start deGrom with shot at first place

NEW YORK -- If the Mets have a shot at finishing in first place in the National League East on Wedne...

Sports Leagues

  • FIFA

    Fédération Internationale de Football Association
  • NBA

    National Basketball Association
  • ATP

    Association of Tennis Professionals
  • MLB

    Major League Baseball
  • ITTF

    International Table Tennis Federation
  • NFL

    Nactional Football Leagues
  • FISB

    Federation Internationale de Speedball

About Us

I Dig® is a leading global brand that makes it more enjoyable to surf the internet, conduct transactions and access, share, and create information.  Today I Dig® attracts millions of users every month.


Phone: (800) 737. 6040
Fax: (800) 825 5558
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.