DT: Damion Square
Much like defensive end, there’s not much value at the top of the free-agent class. Ndamukong Suh might be the perceived gem of the group and he’s going on 34. With Linval Joseph, Jerry Tillery, Justin Jones, and potential draft selections at defensive tackle in 2021, there’s not a huge reason to spend here.
That being said, I’m all for bringing a solid contributor like Damion Square back. Square did well off the bench and provided a little juice when he was inserted into games. The sack on Gardner Minshew was probably his biggest highlight this year, but he also had decent efforts vs. Buffalo and Las Vegas.
Square knows what his role is. At 32, he’s purely a rotational big body that brings some energy. He can start in a pinch if he’s asked to as well. #71 registered four starts in 2019 and two starts last season.
When the Chargers’ line got thin towards the end of the season with injuries to Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram, and Uchenna Nwosu, it’s honestly arguable that Square was the most consistent player that showed up on tape.
Square has been a veteran leader for the Chargers in each of the last six seasons and if Ingram walks, he’d have a chance to become the longest-tenured player on the defense. It’s worth it to have a vet that provides quality leadership and depth.