Chargers Free Agency

Grading the Chargers signings from the first day of free agency

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Austin Johnson
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LA Chargers signing #2 - Austin Johnson

The signing of ex-Titans and Giants IDL Austin Johnson is one that will be massively underrated by Chargers fans and the general public.

A two-year deal worth up to $14 million is the contract Johnson inked with the Bolts. It may be a tad high for Johnson given his production in the league thus far, but is not bad when compared to what the IDL market was making early on in day (see Larry Ogunjobi and B.J. Hill contracts).

The 6'4", 315lb IDL is versatile along defensive fronts, and could easily occupy the nose tackle or 3-technique role on the Chargers defensive line. A five-year veteran in the NFL, Johnson is sneaky good as a pass rusher but is excellent against the run, something the Chargers desperately lacked in 2021 on the d-line.

Johnson, a member of the New York Giants last year, ranked fifth in the league in total run stops, and was still able to incur 3.5 sacks and seven tackles for loss when attacking the opposing quarterbacks. Combining him with another signing the Bolts made at the position will instantly improve the team's 30th ranked run defense from 2021.

The former 2nd-round pick may not be the big-name signing of the day, but his impact will certainly be felt on the Bolts' defensive line in 2022.

Grade: A-

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