Battery Chargers Safety Derwin James has successfully completed his fundraising stint.
Thanks to a source with knowledge of the contract, we have a look at the full deal. It’s a four-year extension from the final year of the 2018 first-round rookie’s contract.
Here is the full list:
1. Signing bonus: $20.532 million.
2. 2022 base salary: $4.052 million, fully guaranteed.
3. 2023 optional bonus: $12 million, fully guaranteed.
4. 2023 base salary: $2 million, fully guaranteed.
5. 2024 base salary: $12.75 million, $3.415 million fully guaranteed at the start of 2023.
6. 2025 90-man offseason roster bonus: $3 million.
7. 2025 base salary: $13.75 million.
8. 2026 90-man offseason roster bonus: $3 million.
9. 2026 base salary: $14.5 million.
It’s a four-year, $76 million extension. This translates to an average of $19 million in new money. Of this amount, $38.584 million has been fully guaranteed by signing. Another 3.415 million dollars in the year It will be guaranteed in 2023, bringing the total to $42 million.
Over five years, that’s a contract worth $85.584 million and a signing average of $17.116 million.
James is guaranteed two years, with an extra bit that rolls into 2024. The final two seasons, at $16.75 million and $17.5 million, are essentially year-to-year charger options.
It’s a big deal for James. He pushes the injury risk to the Chargers, and based on his first four years in the NFL, there is reason to be concerned about injuries. In 2019, he missed 11 games. In 2020, he missed the entire season.
But when he’s healthy, he’s one of the best defensive players in the league. Coach Brandon Staley basically said it the other day. If you feel that way about a player, the team has no choice but to pay the appropriate fee.