Chargers’ Derwin James: “Never a doubt” contract extension would get done

On Wednesday, we finally heard from a franchise cornerstone.

Safety Derwin James, fresh off a market-setting contract extension and his first practice of the offseason, told the media that “there was never a doubt” that a deal was going to get done.

James said he’ll be ready to fully practice by next week as he ramps back up into peak physical condition. Asked about James on Tuesday, head coach Brandon Staley said that his star safety was already in football shape thanks to his perfect attendance at the team facility as negotiations on his extension dragged on.

“Heck yeah, it was super hard,” said James of his absence from the field despite being around the team these past few weeks. “Everyone know how much I love football, how much I wanna be out here.”

You could tell James was ecstatic to be back in his element today. He beamed for almost the entirety of his interview and cracked a few jokes, telling one reporter that he planned to take Rams CB and close friend Jalen Ramsey to McDonald’s to celebrate.

And hey, who could blame him? $19.1 million a year can buy as much McDonald’s as Ramsey wants.

Story originally appeared on Chargers Wire