Chargers Agree to a 1-Year Deal with Safety Jaylen Watkins

Jaylen Watkins (26) with the Eagles. Photo by Chris Szagola/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

It looks like Los Angeles Chargers’ safety Jaylen Watkins won’t hit the free-agent market just yet. According to ESPN, Watkins agreed to a one-year deal with the Chargers and will stay with the team for 2019.

Jaylen Watkins joined the Chargers in 2018, signing a one-year deal following a Super Bowl win with Philadelphia Eagles. Unfortunately, he never managed to play a regular season game for the team, since he torn his ACL in a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Although Watkins was forced to sit out the entire season, Chargers still think he could be a valuable addition to their roster, mostly thanks to his versatility. LA’s general manager Tom Telesco recently spoke about the role of the 27-year-old on the team, and said he could be used on multiple positions.

“He was kind of going to be a nickel corner, a little bit of a safety,”- said Telesco. “We didn’t have him on the field long enough to see exactly what his role was going to be.”

Jaylen Watkins started his career with the Eagles, who drafted him in the fourth round of the 2014 draft. After a short stint with the Buffalo Bills in 2015, he returned to Philadelphia where he was used mostly as a reserve.

Watkins’ career stats in NFL include 56 tackles, including two tackles for loss, and eight pass deflections.