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Newsstand: Former Notre Dame OT Joe Alt signs big deal with the Los Angeles Chargers

Singer headshotby:Mike Singer06/11/24


Back in late April, the Los Angeles Chargers selected Notre Dame offensive tackle Joe Alt with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. It was just a formality that Alt would officially sign his rookie deal with the Chargers, and that occurred on Monday.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it’s a four-year, $33.2 million dollar deal that includes a signing bonus of $20.9 million dollars. His contract also includes a fifth-year option for the team to keep him through the 2028 NFL season.

Alt was the first offensive tackle to come off the board during the NFL Draft. 

He follows in the footsteps of Zack MartinMike McGlincheyQuenton Nelson and Ronnie Stanley. They were all former Notre Dame offensive linemen selected in the first round within the last decade. Alt was the only one to go top five.

Martin, Nelson and Stanley have all earned first-team All-Pro recognition at least once during their pro careers. Meanwhile, McGlinchey claimed All-Rookie Team honors in 2018. In Alt’s three years in South Bend, he proved that his profile carries the same potential. 

Alt was unanimous All-America in 2023, first-team All-America in 2022 and a freshman All-American in 2021. He only surrendered four sacks in 1,103 pass-blocking snaps, including zero as a sophomore in 2022. Pro Football Focus graded him as their top offensive lineman in 2023 and No. 2 in 2022. 

Alt accomplished each one of those feats despite three different position coaches: Jeff Quinn (2021), Harry Hiestand (2022) and Joe Rudolph (2023).

A product of Totino-Grace High in Fridley, Minn., Alt arrived at Notre Dame with a pedigree and plenty of untapped potential. 

He is the son of former Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle John Alt. The elder Alt is in the Chiefs Hall of Fame and was a two-time Pro Bowler. The younger Alt primarily played tight end in high school before becoming a full-time offensive tackle with the Irish. 

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