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NFL 2021 free agency: Why Linval Joseph would make sense for the Raiders

Chargers defensive lineman may soon be cut by LA

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We’ve discussed the Raiders potentially pursuing Gus Bradley’s Chargers players in free agency now that he is the defensive coordinator in Las Vegas.

Since Jon Gruden returned to the team in 2018, the Raiders have signed several players in free agency who formerly played for assistant coaches. So, with defense being a big need, it makes sense that Bradley will have pull when adding players this offseason.

So, let’s put defensive tackle Linval Joseph on the list as a potential Raiders’ free-agency fit, along with fellow former Chargers’ defenders such as pass rusher Melvin Ingram and safety Rayshawn Jenkins.

Joseph is expected to be released soon by Los Angeles.

A Joseph pursuit by Las Vegas makes a lot of sense as the defensive line is one of the Raiders’ biggest needs.

Joseph, who is entering his 12th NFL season, could be a good, reasonable priced rotational option at defensive tackle for the short term. He had a solid season in 2020 with 62 tackles.

He can still produce and signing Joseph may be smarter than trying to re-sign Maliek Collins, who made no impact in 2020.