The Los Angeles Chargers are putting their money on Joey Bosa for the long term.
The defensive end and the team agreed to a contract extension that includes the most guaranteed money ever for an NFL defensive player, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday.
Bosa’s five-year, $ 135 million extension features $ 102 million guaranteed, including $ 78 million fully guaranteed at signing, per Schefter.
The extension will kick in after Bosa’s rookie contract that runs through 2020, a year in which he is set to make $ 14.4 million.
Bosa is the first player ever to land a nine-figure contract from the Chargers, according to ESPN.
Bosa, 25, has 40 career sacks in 51 games (49 starts) since the Chargers made him the third overall pick in the 2016 draft out of Ohio State. He logged 11.5 sacks and one forced fumble while starting all 16 games last year, and received his second Pro Bowl selection.
The Chargers, coming off a 5-11 season, had veterans report to camp Tuesday for COVID-19 tests. The team is scheduled to open the season Sept. 13 at Cincinnati.