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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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DETROIT, MICHIGAN – SEPTEMBER 15: Kerryon Johnson #33 of the Detroit Lions gets tripped up during a second-quarter run behind Uchenna Nwosu #42 of the Los Angeles Chargers at Ford Field on September 15, 2019, in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN – SEPTEMBER 15: Kerryon Johnson #33 of the Detroit Lions gets tripped up during a second-quarter run behind Uchenna Nwosu #42 of the Los Angeles Chargers at Ford Field on September 15, 2019, in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Chargers overachiever No. 3: Uchenna Nwosu

Not only does Nwosu compare favorably with Ingram in terms of stats in the 2019 season, but he is doing it at a far lower price tag of less than $1.5 million per year.

After a decent rookie season, many expected Nwosu to step into a starting role this season. While he did not have a starting role out of the gate, Nwosu has played on 60 percent or more of defensive snaps each game after Week 3, and he has been showing that he is deserving of more.

One recent game of Nwosu’s particularly stands out above the rest. In Week 5, he demonstrated his ability to make one type of big play that the Chargers defense has been missing – the strip-sack.

With his pass-rushing ability and tendency to go after the ball when he reaches the quarterback, Nwosu is becoming an important and valuable weapon for the Chargers. What makes him such a steal though is the value of edge rushers in the NFL.

For comparison, take the Arizona Cardinals’ pass rusher, Terrell Suggs. Despite the fact that Suggs is basically only useful for his pass-rushing ability at this point in his career, he was able to get a $7 million per year contract in free agency.

This is not at all a knock on Suggs but rather a comment on the market for pass rushers. Nwosu, as a young, capable pass rusher, is worth well more than his current contract value, and he has been showing it with great play on the field.

Do you have any steals or bad deals that you can think of to add to the list? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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