Derwin James signed a four-year, $76.4 million contract with the Chargers.

Derwin James signed a four-year, $76.4 million contract with the Chargers.

For the foreseeable future, Derwin James will stay with the Los Angeles Chargers.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, he reached a four-year, $76.4 million deal extension on Wednesday.

His average pay of $19.1 million is the highest ever for a safety.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the agreement contains $42 million in guarantees.

James was due for an extension and would have been a free agency after 2022 without a deal.

The Chargers were "optimistic" about re-signing the 26-year-old, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported on July 20.

James refused to engage in training camp workouts while awaiting an extension.

Since being drafted first overall in 2018, James has been a mainstay in L.A.'s secondary.

In his debut season, he had 3.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 13 pass breakups, and 105 tackles.

Additionally, he was chosen for the All-Pro team and placed second in the voting for Defensive Rookie of the Year.

James only played five games in 2019 before suffering a stress fracture in his right foot.

During the 2021 season, the Florida State product continued where he left off.

In 15 games he had 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, 5 pass breakups, 3 forced fumbles, and 118 tackles.

James was a Pro Bowler and Comeback Player of the Year.

He will be a key component of an L.A. club with high expectations for a lengthy playoff run.