Chargers safety Derwin James told USA TODAY Sports that he wanted to stay in Los Angeles and build something with the Chargers. 

He is going to get that opportunity. The Chargers and James agreed on a multi-year contract extension, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. 

The deal makes James the highest paid safety in the league, the person said, and the deal is worth $76.4 million over four years. 

James attended Chargers' training camp, but opted not to participate during his contract negotiation process. It's safe to say he'll happily join the team in activities now.  

James has elevated himself to one of the best defensive backs in the league. The Chargers drafted James in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

He had a breakout rookie season with the Chargers, earning first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors. 

The safety endured two injury-riddled seasons following his rookie campaign but had a bounce back 2021 season.