Chargers To Sign C Corey Linsley

After cutting multiple key veteran starters last week, the Chargers will use some of those funds to make a big addition on their offensive line. They are signing longtime Packers center Corey Linsley, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com tweets.

The deal, which will reunite Linsley with former Green Bay O-line mate Bryan Bulaga, is expected to make Linsley the NFL’s highest-paid center. Linsley expected to hit the market, and after the Packers prioritized Aaron Jones just before the legal tampering period began, his Wisconsin exit appeared a near-certainty.

It is a five-year, $62.5MM contract, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com tweets. That will come in just above Ryan Kelly‘s recently established center-record contract.

Linsley broke through in his contract year, becoming an All-Pro blocker. Pro Football Focus slotted him as far and away the No. 1 overall center. The Bolts have battled issues up front for years, and their investments in Mike Pouncey and Trai Turner did not end up working out especially well. Pouncey retired after missing all of last season, and Turner saw his run of Pro Bowls stop after an injury-plagued 2020. The Chargers cut Turner last week.

This will give Justin Herbert a high-end offensive lineman to work with as well. Linsley and Bulaga were also teammates from 2014-19. The Packers signed Linsley to an extension that ran through 2020 but could not strike a deal to keep him off this year’s market. The 2021 season will be Linsley’s age-30 campaign.

Linsley will represent a key free agency loss for the Packers, who cut 2020 starter Ricky Wagner last month. The Jets were also interested in Linsley, likely joining several other teams, but the Chargers moved quickly to secure his services. Los Angeles still has holes on its offensive front, however, so Linsley might not be their last big upgrade here.

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      • I didn’t see anywhere in his comment where he mentioned “Diego”. Where do you see it? Just because of his logo, because if that’s the case then I must inform you that you are not LeBron or Kobe and LeBron doesn’t live in your neighborhood either

        • Tatsumaki

          I actually live in Brentwood where lebron happens to live so that’s also untrue. Please try again

      • dan55

        I’m sorry Tats, I wasn’t aware that I am only allowed to root for teams in my zip code.

        • Tatsumaki

          Real San Diegans shunned chargers for moving guess you’re just a shill instead of backing your city

          • jdgoat

            What a stupid take don’t tell other people how to be fans. Why do you feel the need to police somebody’s fandom? I’m a Diehard chargers fan and they’re about the furthest possible team away from me. Doesn’t mean you’re any more of a fan than me.

    • twentyforty

      Good organizations don’t guarantee that kind of money to a fungible position like C.

    • marinersblue96

      He can demand all he wants. Is he willing to re-work his contract so Seattle doesn’t take a 38 million cap hit. If not then why would a team with little cap room take a bigger hit and not be able to sign anyone?

  1. kayjaygee626

    Dan Feeney should still be resigned for G and depth but great signing we need an anchor on the O line

  2. GoChargers

    Perfect signing. Get left tackle sorted out anf it’s been and the heavy lifting is done.

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