2. Joey Bosa
Joey Bosa might be the most important 2021 free agent on some Charger fans’ lists but here he comes in at number two. It is not a knock against Bosa, I just think the team could survive better without Bosa than they could without the number one player on this list.
The team has proven that they can survive without Bosa before. Bosa missed nine games in 2018 and the Chargers went 7-2 without him. However, that does not mean that he is not important, as he is one of the best pass-rushers in the entire league.
Bosa deservers a big contract and at the end of the day, I think the deciding factor on if Bosa stays in Los Angeles is if they can outbid everyone else. I hate to say it, but I do not think Bosa is going to factor in franchise loyalty much when making his free-agent decision.
He held out from his rookie contract and I highly doubt he would be willing to take a hometown discount. Instead, I think Bosa is going to simply go to the contending team that offers him the most money.
Maybe that is the Chargers, maybe it isn’t. Unless Bosa just lays an egg this season, the Chargers should be offering him a huge extension and I highly doubt that they will agree to terms before the 2021 offseason.
Bosa is not going to short himself of a potential payday and sign an extension before hitting the open market. The ball will then be in the Chargers court, with the only question being how much the team is willing to pay him.