The Arizona Cardinals finally decide to add to their defensive line by signing Chargers’ Darius Philon; a smart move.
Per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Arizona Cardinals will be adding Darius Philon to the defensive line on a two year, $10 million deal with $5 million guaranteed and another $2 million in incentives.
At 6-1, 300-pounds, the 25 year old isn’t the most physically imposing defensive lineman; but he has a high motor and was the leader of the Chargers 2018 interior rush. While Philon is more of a 4-3 defensive tackle, he projects as a good fit with Vance Joseph’s attacking 3-4 defense. The new defensive coordinator has stated his desire to rush through the interior of the line, a role Philon could thrive in.
Philon has the ability to slide in as an undersized a nose tackle on passing downs, and 3-4 defensive end when attempting to stop the run. For the 2018 Los Angeles Chargers, he had a limited snap count (607) but was productive. He tallied 4.0 sacks, 19 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and a forced fumble on the year.
Per Pro Football Focus, Philon rated as the 72nd best defensive interior player, a good ranking. He finished the 2018 season with an above average 67.8 grade.
While signing an unknown defensive lineman to a deal averaging $5 million a year is expensive, it’s the right move for Steve Keim and the Arizona Cardinals. The team desperately needed a 3-4 tackle that can rush from the interior, they got just that in the young Philon. Don’t be surprised to see him finish sacks multiple times next year.
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