Corey Liuget is a rich man. After reports of an extension for the 25 year-old defensive lineman started over the weekend, the team announced the official signing on Tuesday.
Liuget has proven to be the only Chargers' defensive lineman (or member of the front 7 for that matter) that has been able to produce at a high level over the past handful of seasons. He has had a few rough games in his career, but at his best he is no doubt worth the money.
The extension is said to be 5 years and around $50 million. The guarantee and structure of the deal is obviously crucial, and combined with the expanding salary cap these big deals usually don't wind up handicapping the team's finances as much as it would first seem.
The most interesting thing here is the timing of the deal. Liuget got his extension before the team was even willing to speak with Eric Weddle about a new contract. Both players had one remaining year on the contract but the front office went with the younger talent. Weddle has been the team's best (and only reliable) defensive player for the better part of the last decade, so it will be interesting to see where it goes from here.