5. Joey Bosa’s contract
Obviously, the rather large elephant in the room is the contract that the LA Chargers gave Bosa in the offseason. When it comes to who is the better defender amongst the two, it’s Bosa by a far margin.
Looking at the league’s best pass rushers, I put Aaron Donald in a tier of his own with edge rushers like Bosa, Myles Garrett, T.J. Watt, and Khalil Mack in the next tier. Ingram is closer top 20 than he is top five at his position.
Still, anytime a franchise pays one player on the team, they can’t be surprised when the other players at his position are looking to get theirs. For example, if the Chargers paid Allen top receiver money, Mike Williams would then be looking for his payday. The same is true for most other positions in football.
Speaking of Allen, he said in the same media sessions that he’d like to get a contract done, but also that he “ain’t tripping” over it. Fans will probably like Allen’s attitude towards the situation better, but also must acknowledge that it’s a bit of a different situation with the Bosa contract being a point of contention for impending free-agent defensive ends across the league, especially Ingram.
Again, paying Bosa was absolutely the right move, but the Chargers understood the dynamic it would create with Ingram. Gordon’s situation was never similar in that regard, unless I missed the $40 million dollar contract that was thrown to Ekeler before Gordon.