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Five reasons the Chargers will retain defensive end Joey Bosa

CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Defensive end Joey Bosa #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his sack of quarterback Josh Rosen #3 of the Arizona Cardinals in the second quarter at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Defensive end Joey Bosa #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his sack of quarterback Josh Rosen #3 of the Arizona Cardinals in the second quarter at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: Running back Jay Ajayi #23 of the Miami Dolphins eludes defensive end Joey Bosa #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers as he rushes for a big gain during the first half of their NFL game at the StubHub Center September 17, 2017, in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: Running back Jay Ajayi #23 of the Miami Dolphins eludes defensive end Joey Bosa #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers as he rushes for a big gain during the first half of their NFL game at the StubHub Center September 17, 2017, in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The Chargers are not too far from having to enter contract negotiations with Joey Bosa. Here’s why they’ll retain their star defensive end.

The Chargers have a number of pending contract extensions to consider, but arguably none is more important than the one Joey Bosa is looking for.

Bosa, though not as flashy in 2018 as his All-Pro rookie counterpart Derwin James, is still the most important player on this Chargers defense. In a league driven by quarterbacks, hefty sums of money are given by players who specialize in stopping them.

But are the Chargers willing to break the bank for their franchise cornerstone?

It’s a misinformed opinion to believe the Chargers don’t pay their players or are cheap, as they have both demonstrated a history of rewarding their own under Tom Telesco and are one of the heavier spending teams in the NFL. They rarely make splash signings, but it’s because they are regularly allocating cap space to players already on the team. Is Bosa the next to get paid by Telesco?

Now, there are a number of reasons why the Chargers would not be able to retain him:

  1. He gets hurt again and isn’t worth the injury risk.
  2. He is demanding an absurd amount of money.
  3. He simply doesn’t want to play for the Chargers.

The last is likely the most important. If he doesn’t want to play for a playoff-caliber team with a franchise quarterback that plays in Southern California, that’s his business.

But if he’s willing to stay, the Chargers are going to pay. Here are five reasons why they will opt to retain their best defender:

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