The San Diego Chargers weren’t able to bring Damon Harrison to California, but Brandon Mebane isn’t a bad second option.
As tweeted out by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Chargers will sign Mebane to a three-year contract. This is a big move for Tom Telesco, as the Chargers have long needed a nose tackle to bolster the middle of the defensive line.
Chargers make signing of former Seahawks DT Brandon Mebane official. Three year deal.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2016
Mebane has spent his entire nine-year career with the Seattle Seahawks, where he’s been a productive member of a solid defense. At 6’1″ and 311 pounds, Mebane can clog up the middle and let Jerry Attaochu and Melvin Ingram to make plays from the outside. However, he’s also athletic enough to make plays himself. Mebane has 15.5 career sacks.
In Seattle, you often heard about guys like Michael Bennett and Bruce Irvin getting after the quarterback. Mebane was a big reason for that. And though Harrison would have been a tremendous signing because of his ability to stuff the run, Mebane is no slouch in that area. Pairing him next to Corey Liuget instantly makes the defensive line much, much better.
Telesco has often been criticized for his failure to make moves. It’s hard to knock him on this one, as this was one of the better signings of the first day to this point.
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