Chargers Free Agency

Grading the Chargers signings from the first day of free agency

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Sebastian Joseph-Day
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LA Chargers signing #3 - Sebastian Joseph-Day

Capping off their hectic day, the Chargers were able to come to an agreement with ex-Rams IDL Sebastian Joseph-Day on a three-year, $24 million contract that includes $15 million guaranteed.

This may be a shock to some, but I think this is the best acquisition the Chargers made today. Back on January 29th, I highlighted the possibility of signing Joseph-Day if he hit the open market, and I'm overjoyed they were able to make it happen on the first day of free agency.

The ex-Rutgers product is the most undervalued defensive tackle in the entire NFL in my opinion. After a breakout season in 2020 with the Rams under Brandon Staley's watch, Joseph-Day was on an All-Pro pace before a pectoral injury halted his 2021 season.

At a clip better than 2.6 run stops/game, Joseph-Day sat second in the league in run stops per game behind only Aaron Donald. The defensive tackle was also able to rack up 3.0 sacks in his seven games in 2021, showing his pass-rushing prowess as well.

After Larry Ogunjobi and B.J. Hill signed contracts for $13 million and $10 million per year earlier in the day, snagging Joseph-Day for only $8 million AAV is an absolute steal. His contract will also come off the books just as Justin Herbert's projected mega extension is set to kick in.

Joseph-Day fills a huge hole for the Chargers on the defensive line, is a premier run-stopper in the league, has connections back to coach Staley, and is on the books at way less than market value. It doesn't get much better than this.

Grade: A+