5 Chargers in contract years who undoubtedly earned new deals

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The 2022 NFL season is coming to a close with just one more game left to play for the LA Chargers. Luckily, the Chargers have secured a spot in the postseason for the first time since 2018, so fans will have something to root for after the Week 18 game against the Denver Broncos.

This has been an up-and-down season for the Chargers in which the team peaked at the perfect time. A defensive renaissance after the bye week has been massive for this team while certain players have stepped up and proven their worth in the process.

Some of these players have stepped up in a contract year, upping their free-agent value in the process and undoubtedly earning a new deal from the Bolts.

Here are the 5 Chargers in contract years who have earned a new deal:

1. Drue Tranquill

Drue Tranquill is the golden child of this list as he has been absolutely fantastic for the Chargers at linebacker this season. While Derwin James gets the nod for being the most impactful defensive player on the Chargers this season, Tranquill is a close second and that is saying something.

The Chargers needed this kind of breakout year for Tranquill after letting Kyzir White walk in free agency last offseason and that is exactly what Tranquill gave them. Not only has he been solid in coverage and in helping stop the run but his value as a pass rusher in designed blitz packages has really shined this season.

It is hard to deny that Tranquill has earned a new contract with the Chargers but that does not guarantee that he will get one. Los Angeles let White walk last offseason for only $3 million and it would not be surprising if the team has the same mindset this winter.

Brandon Staley may be confident in his ability to maximize another linebacker as he has the last two seasons with White and Tranquill. With linebacker being the running back of the defense, the Chargers may simply decide to spend their money elsewhere.