Chargers Free Agency

7 former Chargers who still need a team for the 2022 season

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Linval Joseph
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5. Linval Joseph

Signed alongside Chris Harris Jr. in the 2020 offseason, Linval Joseph was actually much more productive for the LA Chargers. While he still did not live up to the full expectations that some had of him when the team signed him, he was a valuable piece of the defensive line.

Joseph was solid his first season and parlayed that into a strong start to year two. However, as the season went along Joseph's age really started to show as he started to regress. His pressure numbers and success against the run got worse and worse and it is not like the Chargers were calling on him to have a big role.

The Bolts needed to reinvent the defensive line this offseason and with that in mind, Joesph became a no-brainer to let walk. However, because of his pedigree as a former Pro Bowler and the fact that he can still provide rotational value, it is surprising that the veteran has not signed with a team yet in free agency.

Joseph is going to turn 34 during the 2022 season and some teams may look at that and pass, instead opting to bring in a mid-to-late round defensive tackle to blossom into something. Because of his age and his regression in 2021, we may have seen the last of Joseph in the NFL.

I do still think that there will be a team that signs Joseph on a one-year flier to be a rotational guy, but it would not be totally shocking if his NFL career is over.

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