4. Linval Joseph
Linval Joseph started the year playing really well for the LA Chargers and it looked like he was well on his way to earning a new contract with the Bolts in the 2022 offseason. However, Joseph was then put on the COVID-19 list and he just was not the same player that he was before he was put on the list.
This was a classic example of an old veteran regressing over time. Joseph is 33 years old and while that is young in the real world, that is pretty old for an NFL defensive tackle. It started to show down the stretch as Joseph was not as impactful in the running game and was not getting much pressure on the quarterback if at all.
The Chargers need to really tweak the defensive tackle position in 2022 and part of that equation is probably letting Joseph go. In a perfect world, the Chargers would be able to re-sign Justin Jones, sign Akiem Hicks on a team-friendly deal and draft Jordan Davis from Georgia to build a stout interior unit.
However, with other pressing needs, it might be a hard ask for the Chargers to draft a defensive tackle in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, so we might see the team wait until the third round to draft a run-stuffing defensive tackle. It will depend on free agency.
Regardless of how the Chargers approach the position in the draft, it appears as if Linval Joesph's days with the Chargers are over.