Joe Barksdale

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Joe Barksdale
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Barksdale playing for the Chargers in 2018
Free agent
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1988-01-04) January 4, 1988 (age 31)
Detroit, Michigan
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:326 lb (148 kg)
Career information
High school:Cass Technical
(Detroit, Michigan)
NFL Draft:2011 / Round: 3 / Pick: 92
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Games played:106
Games started:78
Player stats at

Joseph Brennen Barksdale (born January 4, 1989) is an American football offensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at Louisiana State University. Barksdale also previously played for the St. Louis Rams and Los Angeles Chargers.

High school career[edit]

Barksdale attended Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan, where he was a two-way lineman for coach Thomas Wilcher. He recorded 73 tackles (17 for losses), 14 hurries, seven quarterback sacks, one interception and three forced fumbles as a senior, and received High School All-American honors by Parade and USA Today.[1] He also participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl as a member of the East team.

Considered a four-star recruit by, Barksdale was listed as the No. 6 defensive tackle prospect in the nation.[2] He chose LSU over Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State, becoming the first state of Michigan signee in LSU history.

College career[edit]

Barksdale graduated early from high school and enrolled at LSU in January 2007. Although recruited as a defensive tackle, he was switched to the offensive side of the ball during fall camp. As a true freshman in 2007 he played 14 games as a backup to Carnell Stewart at right tackle.

Following Stewart's graduation, Barksdale took over as right tackle and started all 13 games for the Tigers. He helped anchor an offensive line that paved the way for an LSU rushing attack that ranked No. 4 in the SEC with 166.7 yards per game. Barksdale and left tackle Ciron Black were regarded as "the best duo of tackles in SEC."[3]

Barksdale during 2013 Rams Training Camp.

Professional career[edit]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

Barksdale was selected with the 92nd pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.[4] He was released on September 26, 2012.

St. Louis Rams[edit]

The St. Louis Rams signed Barksdale on September 27, 2012. On October 21, 2012, Barksdale made his first NFL start at left tackle against the Green Bay Packers. [5]

San Diego / Los Angeles Chargers[edit]

Barksdale signed a one-year contract with the San Diego Chargers on May 19, 2015. The deal worth the base minimum, with a $350,000 signing bonus, and up to $1,000,000 in incentives.[6] In his first season as a Charger, he started all 16 games.

On March 7, 2016, Barksdale agreed to a four-year $22,000,000 contract extension and a signing bonus worth up to $4,000,000 with the Chargers.[7]

In 2017, Barksdale started 11 games at right tackle, missing five games due to a foot injury.

Barksdale entered the 2018 season slated as the starting right tackle, however suffered a knee injury in Week 1 and missed the next five games. He returned in Week 7, but he was replaced in the starting lineup by Sam Tevi. He played in the next five games but remained out of the starting lineup. He was inactive in Week 13 before ultimately being released on December 3, 2018.[8]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

On December 5, 2018, Barksdale was signed by the Arizona Cardinals after D. J. Humphries was placed on injured reserve.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Joseph married Brionna in March 2015.[10] Barksdale is also a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity. In 2018, Barksdale opened up regarding his struggles with depression.[11]


  1. ^ "2006 All-USA high school football team", USA Today
  2. ^ "Defensive tackles 2007",, January 24, 2007
  3. ^ Nadeau, Rene (August 11, 2009), "Rating the SEC position-by-position",
  4. ^ "2011 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  5. ^ Thomas, Jim. "Rams trail 10-6 at halftime". St. Louis Post Dispatch. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  6. ^ Wade, Richard. "San Diego Chargers sign offensive tackle Joe Barksdale". SB Nation. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  7. ^ Knoblauch, Austin (March 7, 2016). "Joe Barksdale, Chargers agree to four-year contract". Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  8. ^ Henne, Ricky (December 3, 2018). "Chargers Sign WR Dylan Cantrell to Active Roster; Waive T Joe Barksdale".
  9. ^ Urban, Darren (December 5, 2018). "Final Blow To Original O-Line: D.J. Humphries To IR; Cardinals Sign Joe Barksdale".
  10. ^ "New Chargers blocker also a rocker". September 10, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015.
  11. ^ "Hoping to help others, Chargers tackle Joe Barksdale goes public about battling severe depression". ESPN. Retrieved April 10, 2018.

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