Joe Barksdale, starting Right Tackle for the San Diego Chargers in 2015, was perhaps the team’s lone bright spot along the offensive line last season.
He started Training Camp by playing well enough for the team to push D.J. Fluker over to the Right Guard position, and then continued playing well all season long despite a litany of injuries and issues elsewhere along the line.
Barksdale starting 16 games for the Chargers in 2015, after starting in 16 games for the St. Louis Rams in 2014, and is now set to be with the team through the 2019 season.
With a rating of 79.3, Pro Football Focus had Joe Barksdale as one of the top free agent Offensive Tackles this offseason. Now that he has been retained, Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco can focus on upgrading the Center position and possibly look at options for starting Left Tackle to replace the oft-injured King Dunlap.
Financial details of Barksdale’s deal with the team were not immediately made available.