Chargers Free Agency

How Chargers contracts compare to top NFL deals

CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 22: Casey Hayward
CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 22: Casey Hayward
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DENVER, COLORADO – DECEMBER 30: Joey Bosa #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers sacks Case Keenum #4 of the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on December 30, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO – DECEMBER 30: Joey Bosa #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers sacks Case Keenum #4 of the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on December 30, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Chargers contracts: Defensive end

Highest-paid: DeMarcus Lawrence, Cowboys: $48.0 million

Chargers: Joey Bosa: $25.873 million

This won’t last long.

Lawrence’s contract is just the floor Bosa will jump off of to reach his new contract, which should end up being the biggest contract for a defensive end in NFL history. If No. 97 looks anything like he has in the past (when healthy), he’s going to be the league’s next massive contract. Deservedly so: In 35 games, Lawrence registered 15.5 sacks, whereas Bosa notched 28.5.

Chargers contracts: Interior defensive line

Highest-paid: Aaron Donald, Rams: $50.0 million

Chargers: Brandon Mebane: $5.25 million

Mebane, like Green, is the highest paid Chargers player at his relative position in terms of initial guarantees. Also like Green: He’s the least talked about of his position group. Justin Jones, last year’s third-round selection, is currently pegged as the team’s starting defensive tackle. In the first round of the draft this year, the Chargers took towering defensive tackle Jerry Tillery. In the seventh round of the same draft, the team took Cortez Broughton, who notched a disruptive 18.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks in his final college season. Mebane is overpaid for his services on the field, but may make up for it if he can help players develop around him.

Chargers contracts: Linebacker

Highest-paid: Khalil Mack, Bears: $60.0 million

Chargers: Thomas Davis: $5.25 million

*Melvin Ingram: $34.0 million (listed as OLB)

In the Wild Card Round of the 2018 playoffs, Mack and Ingram had a chance to help their teams advance. The results:

  • Mack: Six total tackles, no sacks, one run stuff
  • Ingram: Seven total tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble

Ingram has a much older contract, but he produced much better than Mack in the same round of elimination games.

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