The San Diego Chargers were going into the 2016 season hoping they could fix their run defense, but they might not have enough players to even play on the defensive line.
It’s been a busy day for San Diego Union-Tribune’s Michael Gehlken, who reported on Wednesday that first-round pick Joey Bosa rejected the Chargers’ best offer. Now, Gehlken is reporting more discouraging news regarding another defensive lineman.
Chargers DL Damion Square suspended 4 games for violating NFL substance policy. Did not test positive, source says. Missed a scheduled test.
— Michael Gehlken (@sdutGehlken) August 24, 2016
Great Odin’s Raven, what is happening!? The Chargers are getting very thin at defensive line, a position that was considered the biggest weakness on defense. The Chargers will be without Square, Bosa and Sean Lissemore, who landed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. As of now, second-year pro Darius Philon, who is starting in place of Bosa, 2014 undrafted free agent Tenny Palepoi, who missed all of last season with a fractured foot, and veteran Corey Liuget are the only notable defensive ends on the roster.
That’s no bueno. The Chargers are in an even bigger pickle than they were before. Things have taken a turn for the worse between Bosa and the Chargers front office (and both parties are to blame), but desperate times come for desperate measures.
According to Gehlken, San Diego offered an 85 percent cash payout in 2016, but Bosa’s rep, Brian Ayrault, felt the payout percentage was not large enough to end the holdout. At this point, the Chargers might be forced to give in to Bosa’s camp’s demands.