Corey Liuget Has Much to Prove to Justify Huge Payday from San Diego Chargers

June 9, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

He has talent, he’s young, and he was set to become a free agent in 2016, so the San Diego Chargers re-signed defensive end Corey Liuget, the team announced.
It’s a five-year deal worth about $50 million with $30 million in guarantees, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. The deal makes Liuget the fourth-highest paid 3-4 defensive end in the league with the second-most guaranteed money behind J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans.
Unlike safety Eric Weddle, the Chargers made Liuget a priority re-signing. Unlike quarterback Philip Rivers, Liuget was willing to engage with the team on a new deal. Unlike Weddle and Rivers, Liuget still has to justify his huge payday.
The Chargers are taking a gamble that their 25-year-old defensive end will become a top-five player. It’s never a bad idea to pay for future performance instead of past performance, but the Chargers front office is taking that stance to an extreme this offseason.
General manager Tom Telesco and his sta...

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