Offensive tackle Joe Barksdale has agreed to terms with the Chargers, first reported by Yahoo’s Rand Getlin. It is a one-year deal worth the minimum base salary and a $350,000 signing bonus, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. He can earn up to an additional $1 million in incentives.

The 26-year-old is entering his fifth season in the NFL, playing for both the Oakland Raiders and, most recently, the St. Louis Rams. Barksdale started 29 games in the last two seasons with the Rams, including all 16 games last year.

After passing up the opportunity to add to the offensive line via the draft, Tom Telesco has added Barksdale via free agency, joining Orlando Franklin, Chris Hairston and Michael Huey as free agent pickups this offseason.

Now the elephant in the room is whether or not DJ Fluker will remain at right tackle, or be kicked inside to right guard, where he may be better suited to excel. Although Telesco has said the team is comfortable with Fluker at tackle, success in the NFL isn’t about being comfortable, it’s about putting the best players out on the field.

It will be worth keeping an eye on what the starting offensive line will look like going into this season.

4 Responses to Report: Chargers agree to terms with OT Joe Barksdale

  • Bruce says:

    That’s a great line/quote – “success in the NFL isn’t about being comfortable, it’s about putting the best players out on the field”. True dat!

  • Arnie says:

    There isn’t an elephant in the room, T&M have been clear, Fluker is the RT. We’ve moved Fluker to RG. He had slump and then we find after the fact, he was injured most the season. I will agree “…we are looking for the best 53…”, Telesco saw an opportunity to get a good player and possibly improve the football team. They have been consistent in this. They did this with Dunlap, remember?

  • OPBolt says:

    Well, Barksdale isn’t exactly a ProBowl caliber player either. I think we are simply trying to upgrade our options. I don’t know who will survive, or in what spots, all I really care about is that the right side of the line plays better, both with starters and subs.

  • Hoping they would sign Blaylock former Falcon, but the nightmare of Troutman as a starter is over. This is an upgrade. Not pro bowl but better than what we had.

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