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Chargers release Sebastian Joseph-Day

The Chargers have moved on from the veteran defensive tackle who was voted as team captain just a few months ago

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Hello Bolts From The blue

The Chargers have released Sebastian Joseph-Day in a shock move a few days before their Week 16 game against the Buffalo Bills. The veteran defensive tackle was nominated by the players and coaches as one of the team captains back in September.

The move comes as a surprise to all parties seeing as it serves no immediate benefit to the team on the field. There are many considerations that go into making a move like this, perhaps the player asked for this move however to do so just after the Chargers fired both general manager Tom Telesco and head coach Brandon Staley, which makes the two decisions seem linked in some manner.

“In 30 games played with the Bolts, all starts, Joseph-Day totaled 87 tackles (42 solo), five sacks, an interception, four passes defensed and 12 tackles for loss.” via Chargers.com

Joseph-Day played under Brandon Staley at the Los Angeles Rams in his lone season as their defensive coordinator and he has said himself how that relationship was key to him signing to the Bolts during the 2022 free agency period. Perhaps his loyalty runs so deep he wasn’t prepared to play under a different head coach.

If Sebastian Joseph-Day is claimed off of waivers then that team will pick up the remainder of his prorated contract for this season, which is shown in the below image as per OTC.

Sebastian Joseph-Day’s contract according to overthecap.com

The Chargers are clearly moving on from the Telesco/Staley era under the interim duo of Jojo Wooden and Giff Smith, they have made a couple of statement moves as they look to close out what has been a miserable season for all involved. The move doesn’t seem to have any financial benefits therefore benching him could have achieved the same results so this transaction seems to be a decision based on other influences.