Chargers Free Agency

LA Chargers: Free agent nose tackles to replace Brandon Mebane

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 01: Nose tackle Brandon Mebane #92 of the Los Angeles Chargers walks on the field before a game against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High on December 1, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chargers 23-20. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 01: Nose tackle Brandon Mebane #92 of the Los Angeles Chargers walks on the field before a game against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High on December 1, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chargers 23-20. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Danny Shelton

After LA Chargers fans clamored for him a year ago, we are back to pushing the idea of this run-stuffing monster joining the Chargers.

First, we must be clear. Danny Shelton is clearly a one-trick pony. He is a run-stuffer through and through, and he is nearly useless as a pass rusher.

However, under Gus Bradley, the Los Angeles Chargers have been notorious recently for rotating defenders in and out frequently to get fresh players on the field that are the best for specific situations.

Danny Shelton would provide a perfect piece that the Chargers’ defense is lacking. Shelton would immediately be the best run-stopper on the team if the Los Angeles Chargers chose to sign him.

Beyond that, Shelton would come at a fraction of the contract that many other effective nose tackles would. The New England Patriots landed Shelton last year for just over $1 million. While he should command more this year, he would easily fill the Brandon Mebane role for a reasonable price.

If it was worth it to sign Mebane for his role is a run-stopper, it would certainly be worth it to sign Shelton to a similar contract, especially since he is still just 26 years old with some room to grow.

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