5'10'' / 190 lbs
The Chargers claimed Bassey off waivers from the Broncos on Wednesday.
The Chargers cut DL Christopher Hinton to make room. Bassey helps fill the void in Los Angeles' defensive backfield with the reported trade of J.C. Jackson back to the Patriots. Bassey appeared in one game for the Chargers last season, as he's bounced between the Broncos and Chargers since entering the NFL in 2020.
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Bassey was waived by the Broncos on Tuesday, Aric DiLalla of the team's official site reports.
Bassey entered the season as the team's nickel corner, but he ultimately lost the job to Ja'Quan McMillian this past week, according to Parker Gabriel of The Denver Post. Gabriel also speculates the move may have been made to create space for running back Dwayne Washington on the active roster, as Javonte Williams (hip) is considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Bassey signed a one-year deal to return to the Broncos on Saturday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Bassey was a depth piece in the secondary for the Broncos in 2022, but he saw the majority of his action on special teams. While he was non-tendered as a free agent by the team, he should be in line to return to a similar role in 2023.
The Broncos did not extend Bassey (hamstring) a tender or qualifying offer Wednesday, per the NFL's communications site.
Bassey is coming off the second-most productive season of his four-year career, logging 15 tackles and two passes defended over 14 regular-season games in 2022. The 5-foot-10 cornerback missed back-to-back games with a hamstring injury midway through the season, and he saw his playing time on defense dwindle down the stretch of the season. As a result, Bassey wound up playing the majority of his 460 total snaps on special teams (250). The 24-year-old will now be free to negotiate and sign elsewhere this offseason.