Chargers Add Linebacker Depth With Latest Signing

The Los Angeles Chargers have added some linebacker depth with their latest free-agent signing.
The Los Angeles Chargers have added some linebacker depth with their latest free-agent signing. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Chargers boasted one of the more exciting offenses to watch during the 2021 NFL season. Unfortunately, a defense that allowed 27.0 points per game (T-No. 29) played a big role in LA missing the playoffs, showing that improvements needed to be made in the offseason.

Although the Chargers have already made some defensive additions, they went out and added some linebacker depth on Sunday by signing former Los Angeles Ram Troy Reeder to a one-year deal.

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An undrafted free agent in 2019, Reeder has spent the last three seasons with the Rams, starting in 25 of a possible 47 games. He made 10 starts without missing a game in 2021, finishing with 91 tackles, 2.0 sacks, six defended passes and a pair of interceptions.

While his new deal keeps him in Los Angeles, that isn't his only connection to his new team. Chargers head coach Brandon Staley was Reeder's defensive coordinator on the Rams in 2020. That was only a single season, but the familiarity could have a positive impact on the linebacker's performance.

The Chargers lost LB Kyzir White to the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason, leaving a hole at the linebacker position. Reeder has proven that he's a capable starter when given the chance, leaving time to tell if Staley can trust him with that responsibility again.

An improved and reliable defense will be key to the Chargers' success this season. FanDuel Sportsbook is currently giving them +1500 odds (T-No. 6) to win Super Bowl LVII next February.

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