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The NFL Free Bureau is off and running, and we keep track of all major signatures, trades, and releases of the 2022 offseason, with analyzes from our NFL Nation reporters and ratings from our experts. The new league year begins on March 16 at. 16:00 ET, which means that free agent signatures can be made official thereafter. The first round of the 2022 NFL Draft begins on April 28 on ESPN.
The Chargers enter the free agency with a star quarterback in Justin Herbert, who was named the Pro Bowl in his second season after throwing for 5,014 yards and 38 touchdown passes in 2021. And they were able to take care of a big offseason priority by signing Mike Williams, who agreed to a three-year, $ 60 million contract, with $ 40 million guaranteed and $ 28 million in the first year of the deal after having a career year in 2021.
Chargers are also making moves to bolster their defenses as they are poised to recruit pass-rusher Khalil Mack of the Chicago Bears to provide pass-rush assistance to Pro Bowl Joey Bosa to fight an AFC West that has become even tougher with the Denver Broncos trade. for Russell Wilson.
Now they need a right tackle or a guard and possibly a cornerback, along with some great guys on the defensive line to bolster a rushing defense that was among the NFLs worst.
Here’s an overview of each 2022 NFL free agent signing by the Los Angeles Chargers and how each of them will affect the upcoming season:
The Chargers give former Patriots CB a Los Angeles Chargers give former New England Patriots cornerback JC Jackson a five-year, $ 82.5 million deal that includes $ 40 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday.
What it means: The Chargers have just seen the team they share the stadium with (Los Angeles Rams), win a Super Bowl and still have star quarterback Justin Herbert on his rookie contract. In other words, it’s time to dump their chips and go for a Super Bowl. That’s the only logical conclusion after accepting deals with the market’s best cornerback, trading with edge rusher Khalil Mack and signing receiver Mike Williams to a $ 20 million a year deal. The Chargers just missed the playoffs last year, but in the uber competitive AFC, they clearly recognized that big moves were needed.
What is the risk: Signing free agents with big money always comes with some risk. With Jackson comes the risk in comparable players, such as Malcolm Butler, who has risen from exhausted free agents to high-paying No. 1 corners and has not knocked out. Jackson also had some fights against Buffalo’s Stefon Diggs, which raised some questions about how he will hold out weekly against other top widouts. But Jackson’s 25 interceptions are the most in the NFL over the past four seasons, and he has allowed the lowest passing rate (42.0) as the closest defender in the league since 2018. It’s risky but worth pursuing for a defense now filled with talent. –Nick Wagoner
The former Ram’s defensive tackle agreed to move across town to play for the Chargers as he pleases sign a three-year agreement worth up to $ 24 million.
What it means: Joseph-Day only needs to change locker rooms at SoFi Stadium to join his new team as the Chargers continue to spend big bucks on strengthening their defenses. Joseph-Day reunites with coach Brandon Staley (former Rams defensive coordinator) and joins edge rusher Khalil Mack, cornerback JC Jackson and defensive tackle Austin Johnson as important additions to the Los Angeles defense and will, like Johnson, be tasked with improving a race defense that yielded the third most yards in the league in 2021. He finished in second place in the NFL in running stop per game (2.75) last season, according to Pro Football Focus.
What is the risk: Joseph-Day was limited to just seven games in the regular season in 2021 due to a chest injury. Although it was the only time he missed in the last three seasons, it gives a bit of a question mark as he joins the Chargers. To his credit, Joseph-Day returned to play in the Super Bowl. As with Johnson, this is not a cross-bank deal, but Joseph-Day will have to avoid further damage and increase production for this deal to be a win for the Chargers. – Carriage
Hopkins has, according to the team, signed a multi-year deal with the Chargers.
What it means: Bringing Hopkins back was a no-brainer for the Chargers as he provided much-needed stability in the kicking game after being signed last October. Hopkins hit 18 of 20 field goals (90%) and 30 of 32 extra points (93.8%) after taking over for Tristan Vizcaino. Hopkins has previously played for the Washington Commanders from 2015 to the first six games of 2021.
What is the risk: Hopkins performed above his career average last season, so he may be likely to fall back. But given the problems Chargers had with the kicker before his arrival with the likes of Vizcaino and Michael Badgley, it’s worth it for them to keep rolling with Hopkins.
Covington are writing again with the Chargers, according to the team. Contract terms were not disclosed.
What it means: The Chargers get back a role player for the interior of their defense to join free agents Sebastian Joseph-Day and Austin Johnson. Covington played in 16 games last season with three starts and had 52 tackles along with a sack.
What is the risk: There seems to be very little risk in resigning Covington. He comes after a career-high year for tackles, and with the addition of Khalil Mack, Covington could end up with more opportunities to get to the quarterback with so much attention on Mack and Joey Bosa. He could also help bolster a race defense that was among the worst in the NFL. –Josh Weinfuss
Johnson will sign a two-year deal worth up to $ 14 million, a source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
What it means: Chargers continue to make significant additions to a defense that needed them. While this will not move the needle like the Khalil Mack deal or the JC Jackson deal, this is a quiet move. Johnson has been a prolific, enduring player for the Giants and was one of the best stoppers in the league in 2021 (he was in sixth place in ESPN’s run-stop victory rate among nose tackles). That’s important for a Chargers defense that allowed the third most rushing yards in the league last year. Los Angeles had now added an influential player at all levels of its defense as it continues to build towards becoming a legitimate AFC challenger by 2022.
What is the risk: Johnson has not missed a game in five seasons, and while this deal is nothing to sneeze at, it is not a cross-bank move either. Which means there really isn’t much risk here. While he’s probably more of a two-down player, Johnson is a logical fit, which should be fine in the Chargers scheme. – Carriage
Daniel said yes to a $ 2.25 million one-year deal, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
What it means: With Justin Herbert locked in as the starter, Daniel returns in a backup role for the Chargers. Which means that if he gets on the list, Daniel will go into his 14th NFL season, all of which have been used as backups. Daniel has only five career starts to his name. Not many players have carved out such a niche and have continued to receive significant payslips for so long without ever getting a real chance to become a starter.
What is the risk: There really is not much risk here given the price and what will be requested by Daniel. The only real risk can come in some form of opportunity cost. Which is to say, it’s reasonable to wonder if Chargers could have found a better backup option instead of signing Daniel. Still, this price tag would not prevent the chargers from pursuing such an option if it were to present itself. – Carriage