The insane defensive line the Chargers could build after Khalil Mack trade

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The LA Chargers made their first addition of the 2022 offseason and it was a massive one as the Bolts traded a 2022 second-round pick and 2023 sixth-round pick to the Chicago Bears for none other than Khalil Mack.

The excitement is through the roof for Charger fans as Mack and Joey Bosa are going to be one of the best edge-rushing duos in the entire NFL. Not only is this one move exciting, but the philosophy of Brandon Staley and Tom Telesco being aggressive this offseason is a very welcomed sight.

The job obviously is not finished as the team as other holes that it needs to fill both in free agency and the draft (and heck, who knows, maybe another trade). After a shocking Mack trade that had was not reported on at all before it happened, who knows what the Chargers could do next. We do know that one of the team's options would be to create a significantly different defensive line.

The insane defensive line that the LA Chargers can build for 2022:

As it stands right now, the Chargers have just over $13 million in "spending money" for free agency, which accounts for the NFL Draft and in-season moves. However, the Bolts will also be able to free up another $10.75 million by cutting Bryan Bulaga and can also create over $50 million in cap space this offseason by restructuring contracts.

The first move to building this insane defensive line would be to bring in another player with ties to Brandon Staley, Sebastian Joseph-Day. Joseph-Day is one of the best run-stuffing defensive tackles in the league and it is clear that Staley values quality players that he has coached in the past. Joseph-Day even tweeted eyeball emojis after the Mack trade was announced, adding fuel to the fire.

Pro Football Focus projects Joseph-Day to get a three-year, $24 million contract this offseason. Even at a flat rate, $8 million is doable for the Chargers but they could structure the contract as such where he is only having a $5-6 million cap hit on the Bolts in 2022. That would be exceptional as his 15.8% run-stop rate ranked first in the entire NFL last season. He also ranked first in the league at 14.5% the previous year.

The other aspect to this insane defensive line would be to draft Jordan Davis with the 17th overall pick. If the Chargers also bring in corner help (perhaps J.C. Jackson) then Davis very well could be the target at 17. He and Joseph-Day might be a tad redundant but with Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack on the outside, the team can more than afford to play those two next to each other, especially in early downs.

That would be a monster pairing to put upfront. If the team can also re-sign Justin Jones, who can probably be had for a cap hit of around $3-4 million, then the group would be complete. The team would have Bosa, Mack, Joseph-Day, Davis and Jones as the five-best guys with Jerry Tillery being a good third-down pass-rushing rotation option.

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Part of the equation to winning a Super Bowl is building a talented, and deep, front line. The LA Chargers could be on their way to doing just that.