The Los Angeles Chargers had one of the National Football League’s best defenses during the 2018-19 season and much of that was due to the strength of their defensive backs group. One of the longest tenured members of that group is reportedly now on his way out according to ESPN’s Eric D. Williams via Twitter:
According to a source, the Chargers are releasing S Jahleel Addae.— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) March 9, 2019
Jahleel Addae will no longer be a Charger. On the whole, this is a net positive for the team. Addae was a constant liability in coverage throughout his time with the team, and despite being known for delivering bit hits, he was also an incredibly inconsistent tackler. It is incredibly unlikely that Tom Telesco and the front office won’t be able to find a substantial improvement however they go about replacing him.
This is a move that was a long time coming, and it is a great sign for Chargers fans that the franchise is actually committed to winning and not just running back the same players every year in pursuit of the magic of continuity.
On the cap side of things there will be $1 million in dead money, but that is compared to the $6 million cap hit they would have experienced by keeping him on the roster. This not only frees up a spot on the defense to add talent, it also gives them more room to maneuver financially.