Chargers’ Joey Bosa says Derwin James ‘doing the right thing’ by not practicing

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Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James Jr. may be present at training camp practices, but he won’t fully participate until the two-time Pro Bowler’s contract situation is settled. 

Chargers head coach Brandon Staley told reporters Wednesday that the two sides are working through James’ contract situation and that James won’t go “full speed” until it’s resolved. 

Derwin James of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates an incompletion by the Las Vegas Raiders during the third quarter at Allegiant Stadium Jan. 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. 

Derwin James of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates an incompletion by the Las Vegas Raiders during the third quarter at Allegiant Stadium Jan. 9, 2022, in Las Vegas.  (Chris Unger/Getty Images)

James, who is in the final year of his rookie deal and eligible for an extension, is scheduled to make a little over $9 million during the 2022 season. 

Chargers star defensive end Joey Bosa would undoubtedly love to have his teammate in the defensive backfield but also thinks James is making the right move by holding off on practice until he receives a new contract. 

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The Los Angeles Chargers' Joey Bosa talks with head coach Brandon Staley during a mandatory minicamp at the Chargers' training facility in Costa Mesa, Calif., June 15, 2022. 

The Los Angeles Chargers’ Joey Bosa talks with head coach Brandon Staley during a mandatory minicamp at the Chargers’ training facility in Costa Mesa, Calif., June 15, 2022.  (Paul Bersebach/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images)

“He’s, I think, doing the right thing,” Bosa said, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. “He obviously deserves whatever he’s gonna get. He puts in 100% every single day. He’s just making the best decision for him right now.

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“But the fact that he’s out here coaching the guys, fully involved, 100% locked in every day, it obviously means a lot to all of us. I’m sure the coaches see it and really appreciate it.”

Joey Bosa of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up during training camp at Jack Hammett Sports Complex July 27, 2022, in Costa Mesa, Calif. 

Joey Bosa of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up during training camp at Jack Hammett Sports Complex July 27, 2022, in Costa Mesa, Calif.  (Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen, who made his fifth Pro Bowl in 2021, didn’t seem concerned about the negotiations as Los Angeles began its training camp this week. 

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“I’m pretty sure they’ll get that handled,” Allen said of negotiations between the Chargers and James’ representatives. “That’s a guy that we definitely need. He’s the heart of the defense, heart of the team pretty much.”

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James was selected by the Chargers with the 17th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, making the NFL All-Rookie Team and the Pro Bowl, and he was selected as a first-team All-Pro in his first NFL season. 

Injuries hampered James the next two seasons, but a bounce-back season in 2021 earned James his second Pro Bowl appearance. 

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