Earlier today, Tom Pelissero pf NFL Media reported that DT Darius Philon agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with the Arizona Cardinals, leaving the Chargers with just three defensive tackles on the roster.
The longest-tenured of the bunch, Brandon Mebane, was just signed back to a two-year deal although he is set to turn 35 this season. The other two, Justin Jones and T.Y. McGill, don’t offer a ton of confidence or excitement, either.
Jones is last year’s third-round pick out of North Carolina State who started slow but earned an increase in reps towards the end of the season while McGill is a 26-year old going on his sixth team, having spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, and the Indianapolis Colts.
As things stand, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that the team signs a defensive tackle prior to the draft. I’d also expect them to draft at least one, maybe two, come the end of April.