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LA Chargers: Five players who are grossly overpaid in 2021

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Casey Hayward #26 of the Los Angeles Chargers breaks up a pass to Seth Roberts #15 of the Carolina Panthers during the second quarter in a 21-16 Panthers win at SoFi Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Casey Hayward #26 of the Los Angeles Chargers breaks up a pass to Seth Roberts #15 of the Carolina Panthers during the second quarter in a 21-16 Panthers win at SoFi Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Linval Joseph — $11.5 million

Linval Joseph has probably been the best new player from the previous offseason and he is still overpaid next season. While he has not produced as much as Joseph because he has been hurt, you can at least make the case for paying a tackle like Bryan Bulaga $10 million.

As far as Joseph, a defensive tackle that is on the wrong side of 30 and has been slowly regressing, $11.5 million is a tough pill to swallow.

The LA Chargers would save $7.5 million in cap space if they were to cut Joseph next season but I do not think they will go that route. While he is overpaid, there are depth issues at defensive tackle, especially without the progression of Jerry Tillery, making this another necessary overpay for the Bolts.

Joseph has zero sacks (although he was never an elite pass-rusher), two tackles for loss and two quarterback hits. He has manufactured 20 pressures and 20 stops this season.

He is much better than the Chargers’ alternatives but he still has not been fantastic. Joseph was brought in to help bolster a terrible Chargers run defense that has still been pretty awful. Paying 6.2% of the cap for someone who doesn’t really move the needle is tough.

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