The LA Chargers signed Linval Joseph to a two-year deal prior to the 2020 season and he certainly was not a bad signing. Although, I do think that fans had higher expectations for the former Pro Bowler. The reality of the situation, which we saw play out in front of our very own eyes, is that Joseph is in the latter stage of his career and is regressing with age.
Joseph was fine for the Chargers in 2020 and played quite well for the Bolts in 2021. He was not an every-down option but he did offer the team some sort of presence up front, although he still did not help much in stopping the run.
The production then started to waiver and Joseph simply was not the same player over the second half of the season. He was already a few steps slower than he once was and that regression continued. By the time the end of the 2021 season rolled around, it was clear that the Chargers were better off moving on.
That is exactly what the team did in Austin Johnson and Sebastian Joseph-Day. It is a bit shocking to see that there is not a single team that signed Joseph to a one-year minimum contract but his age and availability are legitimate concerns.
With Akiem Hicks and other veteran options still on the market, we probably won't see Joseph find a new team anytime soon.