Chargers Agree to Long-Term Deal With Corey Liuget
The San Diego Chargers haven’t been able to lock up quarterback Philip Rivers to a long-term deal and have made it known they won’t make an effort to do the same with safety Eric Weddle. That hasn’t stopped them from showing other players how much they’re valued, however.
Per reports, San Diego has invested in the future with defensive end Corey Liuget, who locks down one side of their 3-4 base defense. The two sides agreed to a multi-year deal on Tuesday, as they continue to make positive steps toward building a strong defense.
Worth the Money?
There’s no doubt Liuget is already a solid player, and at just 25 years old, is a quality investment for a potentially rising Chargers defense. Of course, an argument could be made the Chargers are paying more for what Liuget might do in the future, rather than the player he is already right now.
Liuget hasn’t proven to be necessarily dominant in any facet, as he has never topped seven sacks in a season in his career and has registered more than 5.5 just once. Liuget also isn’t regarded as an elite run defender, but has displayed a solid presence in both regards and has proven to be good enough in both facets of this game to this point in his career to deserve a lucrative extension.
Liuget alone won’t get the Chargers a Super Bowl now or in the future, but San Diego has largely been an offensive team and the front office is appropriately putting defense high on their list of needs. While it may not lead to instant success in 2015, it’s a refreshing mentality that could easily bode well for San Diego down the road.
Of all the story-lines here, the biggest is the lack of other signings. Weddle is a far bigger name on San Diego’s defense, while Rivers is the leader of the offense and he still doesn’t have a long-term deal. The signing of Liuget is probably less of a statement and more about the Bolts knowing they need to prepare for the future, however.
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