Why Sebastian Joseph-Day should be the Chargers top priority in free agency
2. Sebastian Joseph-Day has his best days of football ahead of him
One of the mistakes commonly made by the Chargers front office is signing players in free agency who have already played their best ball and are on the decline. In the last few years, we've seen Telesco do this with the signings of Brandon Mebane, Bryan Bulaga, Linval Joseph, Chris Harris Jr., Jared Cook, and countless others. As a result of this, the team is left with aging, declining veterans on large contracts who the coaching staff feel must play. If the Bolts are able to attract Joseph-Day, then he would be able to buck this awful trend and provide the team with some legitimate juice as he enters his prime.
At age 26, Joseph-Day only has four years of NFL wear-and-tear on his body and should continue to get better right through his prime. The 6th round pick is still developing his game after coming into the league as a high-ceiling prospect and should reap the benefits of his development in the coming seasons.
After being inactive in every game as a rookie in 2018, the Rutgers product was a starter in 2019 and 2020 with his numbers and production taking giant leaps each season. Joseph-Day was an absolute terror for the Rams through seven games this season, however has been sidelined ever since with a pectoral injury.
Through seven games this season, the 4th year stud accounted for three sacks, 38 tackles, three TFL, and five QB hits, all of which were on pace to shatter career bests. Given his production, Joseph-Day was a strong early candidate for Pro Bowl and All-Pro votes.
The continuous signs of growth and development in his game every year since entering the league is a promising sign for the young man, and his upward trending career would be a nice change to the Chargers' current free agency strategy.