The pros and cons of the LA Chargers signing Eric Banks
Adding Banks is likely a familiarity thing with Brandon Staley and his defense and that is the biggest pro of this addition. The Chargers got someone who can play defensive end in a 3-4 defense and was at least practicing in that scheme last year.
While Merrill was a popular name with Charger fans, it does make more sense to get someone who can play defensive end over a traditional nose tackle, especially when you have Linval Joseph and Christian Covington.
That makes sense. What does not make sense is who the team waived on Tuesday only to make this move on Wednesday.
Hopefully, I am proven wrong and the LA Chargers make me eat crow. And quite frankly, this is not that impactful as it is a depth defensive lineman we are talking about. This is not going to make or break the season.
However, I don't understand the decision to waive Cortez Broughton, who signed with the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad, in order to keep Merrill around only to then waive Merrill and sign Banks.
Heck, even waiving Breiden Fehoko and then bringing in Banks is a surprise. Staley obviously sees things we don't but it seems pointless to waive two guys who filled the same role as Banks is going to and are already with the team and were seemingly performing well.
It just does not make much sense. Staley obviously prefers Banks and decided on him over those other two options, but with him being on the smaller size, I do question if he can truly be better for this defense.