The Los Angeles Chargers have apparently exercised the 5th year option on Joey Bosa that they are allowed for 1st round picks.
Some non-Nick Bosa news this week: the Chargers have exercised the fifth-year option on DE Joey Bosa, per source.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 23, 2019
The 5th year option for Joey Bosa acts sort of like the Transition Tag. Players taken in the top 10 picks have their 5th year option salary set as the same price as the Transition Tag. That means Joey will be paid the average of the top 10 salaries for DEs.
Looking back over the last 3 seasons, 2017-2019, the Transition Tag for DEs has gone from $14M, to $14.2M, to $14.36M. So Bosa’s 5th year will likely be somewhere around $14.5M that will be fully guaranteed. That’s a healthy $6M raise over what Joey is set to make this year at just over $8M.
If Joey comes out this year and has the kind of season we all expect him to have, that $14.5M will still be a discount. Melvin Ingram’s 4 year deal averages $16.25M a year, I’d expect Joey to be more than that...by a couple million a year.
Long story short, this was a no brainer and a good move.