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.