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Chargers sign OLB Kyler Fackrell

Fackrell spent last season with the Giants after four seasons in Green Bay.

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The Chargers finally make their first signing during the second week of free agency, bringing in former Packers and Giants outside linebacker Kyler Fackrell.

Fackrell was originally a third-round pick of the Packers back in 2016 out of Utah State. The 6’5, 245-pounder spent the first four seasons in Green Bay as a rotational player, starting nine total games. In 2018, he started a career-high seven games and turned it into 10.5 sacks, also a career high.

In 2020, Fackrell played in 12 games and started a new best nine contests. He finished with the season with 34 total tackles, seven tackles-for-loss, four sacks, and a 46-yard pick-six. For his career, he currently has totals of 20.5 quarterback takedowns, 28 tackles-for-loss, and 145 total tackles.

The extent of Fackrell’s potential role with the Chargers remains to be seen, but from the first glance, he’ll likely play a rotational role on the edge along with Uchenna Nwosu. I’m not sure if this means the team won’t draft an edge later next month, but it does mean that’s it’s not as imperative that they do. However, since Fackrell is more of a standup edge, the Bolts still need someone who can come in and spell Joey Bosa and I’d rather not leave that up to Jerry Tillery once again. Expect the Chargers to find a hand-in-dirt pass-rusher on day two or three of the draft.