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LA Chargers: 3 potential replacements for Linval Joseph

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Larry Ogunjobi
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3. Larry Ogunjobi

Larry Ogunjobi is another underrated defensive tackle who doesn't receive enough recognition for his play thus far in his NFL career. At 27 years old, the ex-Browns and Bengals defensive linemen has had some inconsistencies in his five-year playing life, but is a very viable option at the DT position when healthy and on top of his game.

After signing in Cincinnati during last offseason, Ogunjobi played a critical role in revamping the Bengals fortunes on the defensive side of the ball. He racked up career numbers on the AFC champion, recording seven sacks, 12 tackles for loss, and 16 QB hits from the interior of the defensive line.

Naturally, you would expect the Bengals to make a push to re-sign Ogunjobi, however, that might not be an easy reunion. The 6'4", 305lb linemen did have season-ending foot surgery following the team's wild-card round victory over the Raiders, and the Bengals cap situation is one to be monitored down the road.

With Jessie Bates, C.J. Uzomah and Riley Rieff needing new deals, and Joe Burrow's long-term extension looming, the Bengals can ill-afford to lock themselves into a contract with Ogunjobi that they will eventually regret.

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Ogunjobi is solid against the run and as a pass rusher, and would be an excellent fit for the Chargers upfront as a Linval Joseph replacement. Bringing Ogunjobi to LA on a two-year deal worth $15-16 million in total would be ideal.

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