Chargers Free Agency

5 edge rushers the Chargers can potentially replace Uchenna Nwosu with

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1. Haason Reddick

If there is a top candidate to replace Uchenna Nwosu this offseason then it should be Haason Reddick. Reddick is absolutely going to get more on the free-agent market than Nwosu and this would be an example of the Bolts spending a bit more to upgrade the edge rush position alongside Joey Bosa.

Reddick is actually someone who I was pounding the table for last offseason after the Bolts missed out on J.J. Watt. Reddick had all the makings of being a great bargain signing for whatever team ended up with him and that is exactly what happened.

The Panthers signed Reddick to a one-year, $6 million deal and he far outperformed that number. Why did he sign for so cheap? He was miscast early in his career on the Arizona Cardinals, moved outside to OLB and then had a good year in 2020. That turned into a cheap one-year deal in 2021 that he played great on.

Per Pro Football Focus, the former first-round pick finished 2021 with 44 quarterback pressures, 35 run stops and 15 sacks (his official sacks number was 11). He is solid against the run and in getting pressure on the quarterback and is going to get paid for that talent.

PFF projects Reddick to get a three-year, $35 million contract this offseason. We projected Nwosu to get a four-year, $25 million deal.

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