Quinton Jefferson, signed with the Las Vegas Raiders for one-year, $3.25 million
The LA Chargers need help upfront in stopping the run. The team’s issues with stopping the run were slightly masked last season by Linval Joseph but it still got really ugly at times. This could end up being the Achilles’ heel of the Chargers’ defense next season.
Joseph is not getting any younger and is in the last year of his contract. Justin Jones is okay and Jerry Tillery is essentially useless against the run. The team needs depth and they need players that can be bonafide run stuffers.
The Bolts could have gotten that in Quinton Jefferson. His playing time went down in 2020 with the Buffalo Bills but he has proven to be a solid option to stop the run before. In 2019, Jefferson posted a 75.1 run defense grade on Pro Football Focus.
It is interesting how little the team has addressed the defensive line thus far this offseason. There is plenty of time remaining to do so, but the depth of the defensive line is extremely worrisome and just getting someone for cheap, like Jefferson, could have been a step in the right direction.
This is the roster need that is not getting talked about enough for the LA Chargers. Sure, they have Joey Bosa, but outside of that, there is very little to get excited about on the defensive line, particularly at defensive tackle.