The Chargers will keep their impressive, young trio of interior linebackers together for at least another season. A restricted free-agent this off-season, Korey Toomer has signed the original round tender that the team placed on him last month, ensuring he stays in a Chargers uniform for the 2017 NFL season. The one year tender will pay 1.797 million.
From @thejackwang: #Chargers LB Korey Toomer signs restricted tender, will be reunited with DC Gus Bradley. https://t.co/D4tqXq3IGV— OC Register Sports (@OCRegSports) April 5, 2017
Last season for the Chargers, Toomer played in 13 games with 8 starts, and was consistently one of the teams most productive defensive players. Over the course of the season Toomer forced 3 fumbles, picked up a sack, and amassed 75 tackles in the middle of an improving defense.
This is big for the Chargers because it will keep some continuity in the linebacker group as the team transitions to a 4-3 base defense under new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, who Toomer played under in Seattle during the 2012 season. Toomer, Denzel Perryman, and last years rookie star Jatavis Brown should form one of the better linebacking trio’s around the league, health permitting.
Hopefully the Chargers can eventually work out a deal that will keep Toomer in Los Angeles long term, but in the meantime it’s good to know we’ll be seeing him making plays in the upcoming season.