The Los Angeles Chargers added more depth to their defensive line by re-signing one of their own guys.
The Chargers announced they have re-signed defensive lineman Tenny Palepoi. The Chargers have now brought back two key rotational players in Palepoi and Damion Square. The latter was re-signed to a two-year deal during the first week of free agency.
Palepoi, a 2014 undrafted free agent, played in all 16 games as a rookie. He missed all of 2015 with a broken foot but worked his way back to play 13 games in 2016, finishing the year with 13 combined tackles and one fumble recovery. He has yet to record a sack in his career, but he knows how to get after the quarterback. According to the team’s official website, Palepoi’s nine quarterback hits and 20 quarterback pressures in 2016 ranked third and fourth on the team, respectively.
Palepoi was suspended four games last season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. He missed the final three games and his suspension will carry over to the 2017 season opener.
The 26-year-old provides solid depth at a cheaper rate. With Palepoi, Square, Joey Bosa, Corey Liuget, Brandon Mebane, Caraun Reid, Darius Philon, Ryan Carrethers and Melvin Ingram and Jerry Attaochu (both of whom will likely make the switch to Leo) all under contract, the Chargers have a solid group of players.
And with that group, general manager Tom Telesco might shy away from taking a defensive lineman with the first pick.