Jahleel Addae
Jahleel Addae
29-Year-Old SafetyS
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Addae always produced tackles at a high pace, but injuries consistently undid him in his first four NFL seasons. He finally stayed healthy last year, and barely missed the triple-digit tackle mark in doing so. He doesn't really do anything else and the injury concerns remain, but the deal with Addae is he's a lock for cheap tackles so long as his durability luck persists. Derwin James figures to man the other safety spot, but Addae may need to hold off fourth-round pick Kyzir White. Read Past Outlooks
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$Released by the Chargers in March of 2019
Hitting open market
SLos Angeles Chargers
March 9, 2019
Addae was released by the Chargers on Saturday, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.
It looks like yet another safety is expected to hit the open market, with Addae ranking among the most accomplished when it comes to his tackling acumen. Slated to make just over $12 million over the course of the next two seasons, the emergence of All-Pro safety Derwin James and the continual development of other secondary players such as Adrian Phillips, Jaylen Watkins and Rayshawn Jenkins made Addae expendable. The 29-year-old safety is likely better suited for a pseudo-linebacker role as opposed to a starting safety at this point in his career, but it's hard to suggest the six-year veteran won't find a team by the start of the 2019 preseason given his notable resume that includes 367 career tackles.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Addae earned a big four-year contract extension in the offseason, but while the Chargers clearly trust in the hard-hitting safety, IDP owners may want to stay away. For one, Addae's head-hunter nature has landed him on the injury report far too often, causing him to miss 16 of the last 48 games. What's more, Addae has only recorded one interception in his four-year career. While the 27-year-old's propensity for big hits certainly might be an attractive option for IDP owners, his inconsistency and lack of durability likely make him a starting option only in deeper leagues.
Addae looked like a breakout candidate last year, but injury troubles made it difficult to test the hypothesis. He dealt with an ankle injury for more than a month, finishing with 65 tackles and one sack on 713 snaps. The initial appeal with Addae was his tackle rates from the two years prior, a span in which he totaled 86 while playing just 542 snaps. That impossibly high tackle rate wasn't the expectation for 2015 – it was clearly unsustainable – but it still feels like Addae should have done much more. He'll get another chance to make his case this year now that Weddle is gone.
Addae is a relative unknown, but he could become a top IDP option this season. Despite playing just 431 snaps last year, Addae raced to 48 tackles, which projects to 111 tackles over 1,000 snaps. Addae should reach that play count this season, as former starting safety Marcus Gilchrist left for the Jets in free agency, opening the door for Addae to earn a starting role. If he indeed starts, Addae should push for triple-digit tackles.
Addae was forced into spot duty in 2013, but provides nothing more than depth at free safety.
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Secures 13 tackles despite loss
SLos Angeles Chargers
January 15, 2019
Addae compiled 13 tackles (seven solo) in the divisional-round loss to the Patriots on Saturday.
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Leads team in tackles
SLos Angeles Chargers
December 11, 2018
Addae tallied eight tackles (six solo) in the 26-21 victory over the Bengals on Sunday.
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Records double-digit tackles
SLos Angeles Chargers
November 4, 2018
Addae recorded 10 tackles (three solo) and a sack in Sunday's 25-17 win over the Seahawks.
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Leads team in tackles
SLos Angeles Chargers
October 15, 2018
Addae tallied nine tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's 38-14 win over the Browns.
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Tallies five tackles in loss
SLos Angeles Chargers
September 10, 2018
Addae finished Sunday's 38-28 loss to the Chiefs with five tackles (three solo).
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