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Los Angeles Chargers: Three steals and two bad deals

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 22: Uchenna Nwosu #42 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his stop of Lamar Jackson #8 on third down with Isaac Rochell #98 during the first quarter at StubHub Center on December 22, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 22: Uchenna Nwosu #42 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his stop of Lamar Jackson #8 on third down with Isaac Rochell #98 during the first quarter at StubHub Center on December 22, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 5: Speakers Les Snead (L), general manager of NFL’s Los Angeles Rams, Tom Telesco, general manager of NFL’s San Diego Chargers, and moderator Steve Gera (R) attend Leaders Sports Performance Summit at Red Bull House on March 5, 2016, in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 5: Speakers Les Snead (L), general manager of NFL’s Los Angeles Rams, Tom Telesco, general manager of NFL’s San Diego Chargers, and moderator Steve Gera (R) attend Leaders Sports Performance Summit at Red Bull House on March 5, 2016, in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

With a general manager known as the “Coupon God,” there are sure to be overachievers on the roster based on contract value. Below are the players that have overachieved and underachieved the most this season based on their contract value.

In a league with a salary cap, the Los Angeles Chargers, like all other teams, seek out the highest performance players on the lowest paying contracts. While these contracts are usually rookie deals (due to the current version of the Collective Bargaining Agreement), general managers also seek to find some of these high-value deals in free agency.

Tom Telesco has frequently done well in this regard, most notably stealing Casey Hayward from the Green Bay Packers in free agency. But in the NFL, one cannot simply rest on their laurels.

Valuable contacts are instrumental in creating a Super Bowl-caliber NFL team. The most obvious example of this phenomenon is the fact that teams with cheap quarterbacks have been dominating the NFL in recent years.

However, the same value can be gained at other positions, which is what teams must do when paying for a franchise-caliber quarterback, such as Philip Rivers.

Without further ado, below are the players on the Chargers roster that are currently creating the biggest impact on the Chargers team relative to their contract value.

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