If the LA Chargers are looking to completely dominate time of possession next year with a solid run offense and strong run defense, D.J. Reader would be a big-name free agent that could get the job done.
D.J. Reader finally made the leap from being just another body on the defensive line to a borderline star with his play in 2019. It was his fourth year in the NFL, and at only 25 years old, Reader still has some room to improve.
But in 2019, Reader was an absolute run-stuffing stud.
You may recall D.J. Reader wreaking havoc in the Houston Texans’ game against the Chargers last season. In the game, the Chargers wanted nothing to do with Reader and abandoned the run game early, running only 18 times compared to 46 passes in a tight game. Even then, Reader made an impact with 1.5 sacks, which is quite the feat for a player known as a run-stopper.
For the year, Reader was given a glowing 86.7 grade by PFF, making him one of the best players at his position.
Unfortunately, that also means that he will likely need to be paid like one of the best at his position. Spotrac estimates his market value to be near $12 million per year.
While this is a lot to pay for a defensive tackle, Reader might just be elite enough to be worth something near that contract, especially since he has room to grow with his age. If the Chargers want to pay up for an elite interior presence, Reader could be their guy.