Chargers Free Agency

LA Chargers: 3 potential replacements for Linval Joseph

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1. Sebastian Joseph-Day

Touted by many fans as the number one target for the Chargers in free agency, Rams DT Sebastian Joseph-Day makes a ton of sense for the Bolts on the open market.

A 26-year-old product out of Rutgers, Joseph-Day has been one of the most undervalued defensive linemen in the NFL over the last few years. After having a solid 2019 season, his second year in the league, Joseph-Day broke onto the scene and made a name for himself during the 2020 campaign.

Not so coincidentally, this was the same year that Brandon Staley was the Rams defensive coordinator. A clear and obvious connection to the Bolts makes the DT a real candidate for the team on March 16 when the new league year begins.

Joseph-Day puts up remarkable stat lines in the box score and has crazy analytical data to back up his play. In just seven games this past season, the 6'4", 310 lb monster racked up 3.0 sacks, 38 tackles, 3 TFL and 5 QB hits. He nearly equaled his previous season's totals in less than half the games played.

From an analytical perspective, PFF recorded Joseph-Day as averaging an outstanding 2.75 run stops per game, good for second in the entire NFL.

Having this type of player hit the market, who also has connections to the staff, is an absolute dream for the LA Chargers. Regardless of whether or not Linval Joseph is even re-signed, the team must do everything possible to ensure Joseph-Day is wearing powder blue in 2022.