3. Jurrell Casey
The LA Chargers could really bolster their run defense in signing Jurrell Casey
The Denver Broncos seemingly had one of the best trades of the entire offseason last year when they traded a seventh-round pick for Jurrell Casey, with the Tennesee Titans mostly just wanting to get his money off the books.
Casey was coming off of his fifth-consecutive Pro Bowl and the Broncos were getting help on the inside for a pick that would have likely been out of the league in three years. What could have gone wrong?
Casey was hurt and only played three games. He did not get a chance to showcase his skills on the Broncos, who at full strength, were projected to have one of the best front sevens in the league.
The LA Chargers should absolutely be checking in on Casey and as long as the price is not too high (I personally don’t think he gets any more than $7 million) then they should be talking to his agent about bringing him to LA.
The Chargers need help with their run defense. Linval Joseph was good last year but he is on the last year of his contract and the team does not have any other consistent run-stuffing interior defensive linemen.
Not only would Casey help as the second nose tackle in a 4-3 defense, but he would be perfect as the second defensive end in a 3-4 defense. You have to be good against the run to play a consistent role in a 3-4 defense and Casey would provide great run defense, allowing the team to situationally use Jerry Tillery where he is best suited.
Casey’s best days are behind him and he may be a one-dimensional nose tackle at this point but that is just fine.