Resign him or let him walk: Damion Square

Last week I explained the defensive tackle and how it should be considered a top 3 need for the Chargers.
Damion Square has been a member of this defensive interior since 2014. At the time when they brought him in, this team was in need of some serious depth at the position. The same remains true to date. However, with a turnover in leadership and an expiring contract, chances are slim Square gets resigned.

Damion Square has always been a leader and a true locker room presence. This is something general manager Tom Telescoe has long valued and could be a reason he is retained over someone else at the position like a younger Cortez Broughton or a Breiden Fehoko. This is likely the reason his stint with the team has lasted this long. Square has always been a welcome part of this team. However, reacquiring him will likely be for no other reason than for depth and team comradery. This sounds a bit harsh but is not to be knock against him as leadership is a rare and valued trait. The issue lies with his streaky production. Then if you factor in age, one has to imagine the decline is coming. The harsh reality is that this team can’t afford any regression in the middle of their front seven. Square recorded a 64.5 overall Pro Football Focus grade along with a 65.0 overall run defensive grade and 53.8 over pass rush grade. He managed just 20 tackles and 1 sack including 2 quarterback hit which isn’t exactly a stat line to be desired. Although to his credit he did just play on 254 snaps all year.

I would say it wouldn’t be any set back if you simply let Fehoko or Broughton have his snaps. At least this would allow one of some time to develop. However if you want to move the needle at this position, either draft or sign someone.

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