Projecting the 7 biggest contracts for LA Chargers free agents

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Uchenna Nwosu contract projection: Four years, $25 million ($16 million guaranteed)

If Uchenna Nwosu played his entire career as he did in the second half of the 2021 season then he would probably make closer to $10 million per season on his new deal. However, Nwosu was an unproven commodity prior to this season and in the first half of the season, he was not impactful whatsoever.

However, something flipped after the bye week and Nwosu played really well in the second half of the season. While that will definitely intrigue some potential suitors, he didn't prove enough for a team to back up the Brinks truck for him. Add in the fact that there are not many teams with big cap numbers and there are some good edge rushers in this draft and Nwosu's value is likely around $6.25 million per year.

That is a fair number for someone who ranked right around league average in both pressures and pass-rush win rate last season. According to PFF's numbers, Nwosu ranked 53rd out of 102 players in total pressures (with 50% snaps played) and 56th out of 102 in pass-rush win rate. Smack dab in the middle.

The contract comparison that we found for Nwosu is Baltimore's Tyus Bowser. Bowser signed a four-year, $22 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens last offseason. Bowser is also a second-round pick that re-signed with his team and did not really put up good numbers until his contract year.

Nwosu's value now is a bit higher than Bowser's was last offseason but their numbers this year are scary identical. Bowser finished with the same number of pressures (40), although his pass-rush win rate was 2.6% higher.

Over The Cap seems to agree with our evaluation of Nwosu, putting his value at $6.9 million.