The numbers in Phillips deal have not been released yet, but the fourth-year safety played a key role in Gus Bradley’s 4-3 scheme. He spent many of his snaps in the box and played a linebacker/safety hybrid role.
Last season, the former undrafted free agent had 63 tackles and a pair of interceptions on the year. He will likely enter camp as the primary backup at safety but will get his chance to win the starting job.
McCain, on the other hand, received a right of first refusal tender. This allows the Chargers to match any offer for the craft edge rusher. However, if Los Angeles decides not to match the offer, they will not receive any compensation.
McCain exploded onto the scene last year with 5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and 20 tackles on the year. Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram garnered most of the headlines, but McCain made his presence felt as well.
Most expected a second-round tender for McCain, but it appears the Chargers don’t want to pay McCain the price tag that comes with it. As a third pass rusher, it makes sense to bring McCain back. Sending the trio of McCain, Boss, and Ingram will strike fear into opposing quarterbacks.
Los Angeles also officially announced that Tyrell Williams has received a second-round tender.