The LA Chargers are going to have a lot of money to spend this offseason and while a portion of that will go towards retaining certain players, a good chunk of it is also going to go towards players on the free-agent market that will improve the team.
As we have seen time and time again in the NFL, connections can often lead coaches and players to new destinations. That could be the case for the Chargers, as head coach Brandon Staley has connections with quite a few players that are free agents this offseason. The Bolts obviously won't sign each one, but there is a decent list of players that the team can pursue.
5 free agents with connections to Brandon Staley that the LA Chargers should pursue:
1. Sebastian Joseph-Day
You want to talk about a player that would improve the run defense? Look no further than Sebastian Joseph-Day. While he has benefitted from playing next to Aaron Donald on the Rams the fact of the matter is that Joseph-Day is one of the best run-stuffing interior defensive linemen in the league.
The Chargers need someone who can reset the line of scrimmage on early downs and Joseph-Day is a quality option to do that. According to Pro Football Focus, Joseph-Day had the highest run stop percentage (15.8%) among defensive lineman with at least 100 run defense snaps. The next-best player with at least 100 snaps was over 2% lower.
Because of his value in stopping the run, Joesph-Day is going to get a decent-sized contract this offseason but the Chargers can essentially view his contract as replacing Linval Joseph's. He would be a better version of Joseph on this team and is much younger and coming into his prime, not exiting it. He did miss 10 games in 2022 but that could help lower his value.
Brandon Staley was the defensive coordinator for Joseph Day's Rams in 2020.