On Friday afternoon, the Chargers officially announced a pair of in-house signings after agreeing to terms to bring cornrback Brandon Facyson and kicker Michael Badgley. The Badgley signing was first reported earlier this week but this was the first broken news on Facyson returning to Los Angeles.
welcome back face + badge ⚡️— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) March 19, 2021
we've re-signed Brandon Facyson and Michael Badgley. pic.twitter.com/7vlEEIQMtr
Facyson, a former undrafted free agent signed by the Chargers in 2018, has played in 44 games over the past three seasons and recorded four starts during the 2019 campaign in place of a suspended Michael Davis. His career totals include 60 tackles, two tackles-for-loss, one pass breakup, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. As one of the position groups’ best tacklers, he’ll add depth to a group that still employs Chris Harris Jr., Michael Davis, and a pair of 2020 UDFAs in John Brannon and Donte Vaughn.
Badgley received another shot to return to the Chargers after having his worst season as a professional kicker in 2020. From 39 yards and in, Badgley was perfect. From 40 yards and further, he missed 12 total kicks (PATs/FGs), which was the second-highest total in the league behind recently-released Dan Bailey of the Vikings (13). The self-proclaimed “Money Badger” still has the franchise’s longest successful field goal under his best — a 59-yarder back in 2018 — but his career trajectory has only aimed downward ever since. Whether it’s a confidence issue or his mechanics are just off, Brandon Staley seems adamant that he can solve whatever Badgley’s issues may be. The addition of kicker Tristan Vicaino may also help spur some friendly competition this offseason.