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Chargers’ eight best 2019 offseason decisions thus far

TUCSON, AZ - SEPTEMBER 09: Linebackers Emeke Egbule #8 and Matthew Adams #9 of the Houston Cougars celebrate after a safety by the Arizona Wildcats in the second half at Arizona Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona. The Houston Cougars won 19-16. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
TUCSON, AZ - SEPTEMBER 09: Linebackers Emeke Egbule #8 and Matthew Adams #9 of the Houston Cougars celebrate after a safety by the Arizona Wildcats in the second half at Arizona Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona. The Houston Cougars won 19-16. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
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CHAPEL HILL, NC – SEPTEMBER 26: Nasir Adderley #23 of the Delaware Fightin Blue Hens tackles Quinshad Davis #14 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Kenan Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Carolina won 41-14. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CHAPEL HILL, NC – SEPTEMBER 26: Nasir Adderley #23 of the Delaware Fightin Blue Hens tackles Quinshad Davis #14 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Kenan Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Carolina won 41-14. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Chargers’ best decision No. 5: Staying patient in the draft

What happened: The Chargers entered the draft looking to take a (as the results show) defensive tackle, free safety, left tackle, quarterback, and linebacker in this draft. The Chargers did not move up for any of their selections.

Why it’s a good decision: Tom Telesco’s draft strategy has undergone a complete overhaul, shifting from three straight move ups in the draft to none in the past four. What did it net him this year: a great starting defensive tackle, a steal-of-the-draft free safety, linebackers with immediate impact potential and a possible gem defensive tackle later on.

If Jerry Tillery was the team’s last remaining player available with a first-round grade, it’s a great selection at No. 28. Being able to sit and get the perfect compliment to Derwin James all the way at 60 is even better. The Chargers did well with their seven selections, and have one of the stronger draft classes this year.

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Chargers’ best decision No. 4: Releasing Jahleel Addae

What happened: The Chargers released free safety Jahleel Addae after six seasons with the team.

Why it’s a good move: Addae was forced to play a position that clearly did not suit his skill set, often looking out of sorts and in no spot to make a play. It was a rough year for No. 37, and the Chargers had no choice but to let him go.

Not only was this a good move for the Bolts, but the subsequent addition of Nasir Adderley immediately makes Addae’s release seem like a stroke of genius. One of the team’s three biggest weaknesses turns into one of their greatest strengths.

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