Sebastian Joseph-Day passes on the chance to bash the Chargers following departure

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The LA Chargers firing head coach Brandon Staley and GM Tom Telesco was just the first domino to fall at the end of the 2023 season. With both Staley and Telesco out of the building, the Chargers were going to change how they did things over the last three weeks of the season.

This included the personnel on the roster as well. A week after Staley was fired, the Chargers waived defensive tackle Sebastian Joseph-Day. Joseph-Day was a "Staley guy" who was brought in after Staley coached him with the LA Rams.

Joseph-Day was given the chance to contend for a Super Bowl as he was signed by the San Francisco 49ers. On one of the best teams in the entire sport, Joseph-Day has a real opportunity to take home his second Super Bowl ring this season.

Despite Joseph-Day being in a better situation, it is safe to assume that the divorce was at least somewhat messy. Moves like this are never clean, especially when the move came after his former head coach was fired. However, Joseph-Day had nothing bad to say about the Chargers when reporters openly gave him the floor to talk about his former team.

It is obvious that something happened behind the scenes between Joseph-Day and the Chargers but the now-former Charger took the high road and answered the question like a true class act. Other former Chargers should have taken this route as well (looking at you, Melvin Gordon).

Chargers' divorce with Sebastian Joseph-Day is better for all involved

As bad as it may seem on the outside to be waived by a team, this move was best for all parties involved. Joseph-Day gets his chance to actually compete for something this season and the Chargers get a head start on preparing for the future.

Waiving Joseph-Day naturally opened more defensive snaps for the young players on the Chargers defensive line. Fans instantly saw this impact as Scott Matlock and Otito Ogbonnia combined for 43 defensive snaps against the Buffalo Bills in Week 16.

Additionally, this move will save money on the books in the future as well. Joseph-Day was already a cap casualty candidate for the offseason as the Chargers need to get back under the salary cap. By waiving Joseph-Day, the Chargers only have to pay $2.5 million in dead cap money next season. It is not enough to get under the salary cap, but it is a step in the right direction.

Does Joseph-Day feel slighted by his former team? Probably. But at the end of the day, he took the high road and refused the opportunity to throw dirt over the Chargers. For that, he has to earn Chargers fans' respect.

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