Is Chargers LB Korey Toomer on his way out of Los Angeles?
Linebacker Korey Toomer has been with the Chargers the past two seasons.
Toomer, a former fifth-round pick who was signed off the Raiders’ practice squad early on in the 2016 season, filled in for Manti Te’o and Denzel Perryman when both were hurt. Toomer finished with 75 combined tackles, second-most on the team, along with three forced fumbles, two pass deflections, one sack and one fumble recovery in 13 games (eight starts).
He was a restricted free agent last offseason and received an original-round tender. It was a smart move to keep him around for at least another year.
Perryman missed time again due to injury. However, a switch to Gus Bradley’s 4-3 defense likely cost Toomer playing time. Despite being active for 15 games, he played just 25 percent of defensive snaps. He still made plays, finishing with 48 combined tackles, three pass deflections, two forced fumbles, one sack and a 59-yard pick six.
And who saw more playing time? Hayes Pullard, who started a career-high 10 games and finished as Pro Football Focus’ 79th-worst linebacker (37.2 overall grade). In comparison, Toomer received 81.2 and 80.3 overall grades by PFF in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
Now, Toomer is an unrestricted free agent. He’s 29 years old. And according to his official Twitter account, he could be moving on.
Tomorrow marks a new journey for me and my fam i don’t know where or when but from Seattle,St.Louis,Dallas,Oakland all the way to L.A. where y’all believed in me and let me on the field it’s all love to every fan that followed me and is currently watching journey thank you……
— Korey Toomer (@Korey_Toomer) March 14, 2018
The Chargers need to upgrade the linebacker position, but they should consider re-signing Toomer to another one-year deal for depth. He has his flaws, but he’s proven to be a quality player when given the opportunity to see the field.