There was a bit of hope that perhaps, just maybe, the LA Rams might be able to work a team-friendly deal on the cheep to extend nose tackle Sebastian Joseph Day. He was injured in 2021. Not many teams were reported looking for help at nose tackle. And the LA Rams certainly were not broadcasting what a great player he was on the football field and in the locker room, at least not recently. Well, it didn’t take long for that hope to be crushed. The LA Chargers, though, were not asleep at the wheel.
With Chargers head coach Brandon Staley just one year removed from serving as the LA Rams defensive coordinator, the Chargers certainly are interested in beefing up their run defense. Landing a free agent like Sebastian Joseph-Day is one helluva big step forward toward stopping the run in 2022. And his familiarity with SJD is a huge plus, particularly when committing to a veteran free agent from another team.
We know that the LA Rams have invested in their offensive line in the early hours of the 2022 NFL Free Agency market, but there was a hope to re-sign SJD for a short-term extension that could bring him back, perhaps if just from one season.
New threads, but same ole’ zip code
Sebastian Joseph Day is just one of a number of success stories who have emerged from the LA Rams equipped to start for any NFL defense. That ‘Kid from Stroudsburg, PA‘ has definitely shown no signs of home sickness, as he has grown each season for the Rams on defense. That development started with becoming a brick wall in the middle against rushing offenses.
In 2021, SJD tacked on a new wrinkle. He added a pass rush that generated three quarterback sacks in just seven games before falling to injury. Those three sacks equaled his combined total for both the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Unfortunately, he did fall to injury, an event that kept him on the sidelines throughout the latter half of the regular season and out for virtually all of the post-season but for a cameo appearance in Super Bowl LVI.
Now, he will have a chance to play for the LA Chargers, a move that lets him stay in Los Angeles, but simply to train and play for a new NFL organization. The Chargers will likely depend on SJD to shoulder stopping the run, and will build a complementary secondary to shut down opposing aerial attacks.
The contract for Sebastian Joseph Day is already estimated to generate an awarded sixth-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft by the experts at Over The Cap.com.