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Bolts beef-up defensive line a day after reinforcing the offensive side

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Sometimes you just have to call your own shot.

Earlier this morning I wrote about two defensive tackles that the Chargers should consider signing: Linval Joseph and Michael Pierce. It turns out the team had the same idea.

The Chargers have come to terms with Joseph on a two-year, $17 million deal, giving them the run-stuffing presence they’ve needed for quite some time.

This past season, Joseph started 13 games and finished with 44 total tackles, six tackles-for-loss, three sacks, and a forced fumble. He played 553 snaps while rotating in with a host of other young defensive tackles in Minnesota. He’s not going to be a three-down type of player for the Chargers, but that’s okay. They don’t need him to be that type of player. He’s a great veteran presence and he’s got a heck of a personality. I have a feeling he’s going to be one of the most fun players in the locker room during his time in Los Angeles.