Sebastian Joseph-Day joins Brandon Staley, gets the boot from the Chargers

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After losing 63-21 on Thursday Night Football last week the LA Chargers made the decision to fire head coach Brandon Staley and GM Tom Telesco. The team was simply too far gone and Staley had clearly worn out his welcome in LA.

With this move, the Chargers officially turned their attention toward the future and finding the next head coach/GM combo that could actually lead the team to success. With a roster that is well over next season's salary cap, the new head coach and GM were going to have tough decisions to make.

As a result, there were several "Brandon Staley guys" whose futures with the team became unclear. One of those players already got his answer as the team waived defensive tackle Sebastian Joseph-Day less than two full seasons after signing him to a three-year deal.

Sebastian Joseph-Day gets the boot from the Chargers along with Brandon Staley

Sebastian Joseph-Day played under Brandon Staley on the LA Rams and followed him to the Chargers when he became a free agent in 2022. At the time, Joseph-Day was lauded as a great signing that would improve Staley's horrible run defense from the 2021 season.

The run defense certainly improved but Joseph-Day never quite lived up to the expectations in LA. Joseph-Day was a fine player for the Chargers but he was not worth the salary the team committed to reunite him with Staley.

Waiving SJD will allow the veteran tackle to potentially be claimed by a contending team, allowing him to play a role on some kind of Super Bowl push. For the Chargers, it will allow the team to give more playing time to the young defensive tackles who are actually part of this team's future.

It is a win-win for both sides, but it is worth wondering if there was some kind of animosity from SJD after the team moved on from Staley. SJD was very notably a Staley guy and with how the NFL business goes, it would not be shocking if he took exception to the team firing Staley.

Regardless of the reason, this is a smart move by the Chargers. SJD gets to join a contender, the young DTs get more playing time, and the Chargers free up $7.5 million on the books next season.

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