With the offseason starting in earnest, the Chargers have made it a point to distance themselves in the heavily-competitive AFC West arms race. The action kicked off with a blockbuster trade for former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack and has continued with the signing of All-Pro cornerback J.C. Jackson.
Mix in the additions of stout defensive tackles Austin Johson and Sebastian Joseph-Day, along with a revamped special teams lineup and the Bolts have the makings of a (gasp!) Super Bowl contender.
So with that in mind, who are the immediate winners from this spending spree on talent? Let’s check out some of the early contenders on our list below.
The four biggest winners from the LA Chargers splurging on talent:
No. 1: Defensive Coordinator Renaldo Hill
After finishing the 2021 season with the 23rd ranked defense in the NFL, the Bolts needed some massive improvement on the defensive side of the ball. While the Chargers still feature All-Pro caliber players like safety Derwin James and defensive end/outside linebacker Joey Bosa, they badly needed help up the middle.
This has come in the form of the Joseph-Day and Johnson signings along with the added boost of putting Mack on the opposite side of Bosa. Hill will be returning as defensive coordinator in 2022 and will be presiding over a, presumably, vastly improved unit.
The Chargers were making progress down the stretch last season as their defensive unit meshed better together, but they will be counted on repeatedly next season in divisional battles against the Broncos, Chiefs and Raiders.