Corey Linsley
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Corey Linsley Signs With The Los Angeles Chargers

Center Corey Linsley has signed with the Los Angeles Chargers, on a five-year, $62.5 million deal. This was reported by Mike Garafolo via Twitter.

Per Garafolo, Linsley will now be the highest-paid center in the NFL. Linsley played in 13 games in 2020 and was on the field for 734 snaps, which was 29th in the league for the center position. However, he did not commit a single penalty and only allowed one sack in those 13 games played. But in 2019, Linsley was first in sacks allowed across the league, allowing only five in 950 snaps. Clearly, the Chargers think very highly of Linsley given the details of his contract and he was well known for being Aaron Rodgers’ right-hand-man on that Packers offensive line.

Chargers Outlook for 2021

The Chargers finished 7-9 in 2020, which was relatively impressive given the fact that they started the season with Tyrod Taylor as their starting quarterback. Once they brought in rookie Justin Herbert to start, he seemed to flourish as well as the offense that surrounded him. One of the biggest weaknesses that the LA Chargers had was their defense, which was below average, ranking 23 out of 32 teams in the league. Luckily, the Chargers have given Herbert a much better chance to succeed with All-Pro center Corey Linsley leading the offensive line now.

Can LA make a run at the AFC West in 2021? It remains to be seen if they can take down the division powerhouses in the Chiefs and Raiders, but adding Linsley definitely helps their cause. It is also worth noting that the Chargers hired their new head coach, Brandon Staley back in January of this year after parting ways with Anthony Lynn, who had won his last four games as coach.