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Derwin James, Chargers Agree to Massive 4-Year, $76.4M Contract


Derwin James will remain with the Los Angeles Chargers for the foreseeable future after agreeing to a four-year, $76.4 million contract extension on Wednesday. His $19.1 million average salary makes him the highest paid safety. This deal includes $42 million in guarantees.

James was up for an extension and would have become an unrestricted free agent after the 2022 campaign had he not agreed to a deal with the Chargers.

During his rookie season, he posted 3.5 sacks, three interceptions, 13 pass breakups and 105 tackles en route to being named a Pro Bowler. He also earned an All-Pro selection and finished second in Defensive Rookie of the Year voting.

James appeared in only five games in 2019 due to a stress fracture in his right foot that caused him to miss the remainder of the year. He also missed the entire 2020 season with a meniscus injury in his right knee.

The Florida State Seminoles product picked up right where he left off during the 2021 season. In 15 games, he posted two sacks, two interceptions, five pass breakups, three forced fumbles and 118 tackles.

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