Lockout is over, time for Chargers to sign new blood

Now that the lockout has been lifted at least temporarily, the Chargers need to strike while the window is open. It has been apparent to everyone following the lockout that the lockout will be lifted and the timing of the ruling can’t be more convenient, just three days before the draft. While the owners will appeal, don’t expect them to hold their noses in the air and not go after players. The owners will save their righteous indignation for after the draft and use the added bounty of players to sweeten deals to move up or down in the draft. Expect a flurry of trades and free agent signings to go down over the next 48 hours and players to move during the draft. Judge Nelson did this on purpose, to spur activity and by setting business back to normal, perhaps some more goodwill will prevail once owners are happy about their new acquisitions.

There is a great crop of free agents the Chargers could go after to solidify a squad that is already solid on both sides of the ball. Target number one on the list should be Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. The Chargers would have the best secondary in the league hands down.It would definitely be worth sacrificing the 18th pick to the Raiders. The Raiders do not have a first round draft pick as a result of acquiring Richard Seymour from the Patriots. The Chargers could seriously upgrade the pass rush by adding New York Giant Mathias Kiwanuka, Green Bay Packers Cullen Jenkins and Nick Barnett, Carolina Panther Charles Johnson, Pittsburgh Steeler Lamar Woodley, Minnesota Viking Ray Edwards or New York Jet Shaun Ellis.

There is a nice crop of available wide receivers. Viking Sidney Rice fits the Chargers long, lanky receiver mold perfectly. Giant Steve Smith would be a nice get even if he is only 5’11, he is a legitimate deep threat. Raven TJ Housmandzadeh or Jaguar Mike Sims-Walker are both clutch receivers who would benefit from a wide open Chargers offense.

Kansas City Chief Tamba Hali has caused a lot of havoc against the Chargers through the years. It would be great to get him in the blue and gold. Tampa Bay Buc Barrett Ruud is a great, underrated linebacker who would add depth to the Chargers rotation. Bills inside linebacker Paul Posluszny has been the heart and soul of the Bills 3-4 defense.

By using the stay of execution Judge Nelson has ordered by lifting the lockout, the Chargers could solve their needs before the draft and take a flyer on a raw talent or trade down to get more picks and lock up a Casey Matthews. There are still blue chip wideouts after Julio Jones and A.J. Green who will look good in lightning bolts like Jonathan Baldwin of Pittsburgh or Leonard Hankerson of Miami who will still be waiting in round 2. The Greg One trusts in A.J. Smith to get some talent in town and keep the momentum he started by signing Bob Sanders going.

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  • Bolt backer

    How clutch was housh when he dropped that ball in the playoffs. I think we have the receivers we needk on the roster and pick up another in the draft instead

  • chargers dude

    AJ never brings in big name free agents. Bob Sanders was signed because he was cheap

    • thegregone

      Bob Sanders is a big name. Every QB in the league knows his name, especially those in the AFC. AJ was smart to pull him after he lost a year due to injury. He was cheap and now he is going to play big to get the money he believes he’s worth, which is a win-win for the Chargers. If he pans out he’ll make his money anchoring the Chargers secondary, if not he signs somewhere else and it cost the Chargers next to nothing to have him for a year. Like I said, its a win-win for the Chargers and AJ should get props for signing him. I believe we will all be pleasantly surprised by the names AJ brings in by preseason.

  • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

    i would love to see us go after nick barnett to take over the middle linebacker role for stephen cooper. he would be a great leader in the middle of the defense.

    i also like takeo spikes or kirk morrison to take over the middle

  • whiz kid

    I thought Nnamdi was a free agent. And if we do bring him onto the team, does that mean we get rid of weddle and move jammer over to play safety?

    • thegregone

      Nnamdi is a a free agent because the idiot Raiders put language into his contract that voided his contract if he didn’t meet certain incentives. He didn’t and now the Raiders can’t unring the bell. Their loss, hopefully our gain. Nnamdi is an elite cornerback, not a safety. Jammer will stay on the opposite corner and weddle and bob sanders will duel at safety. Nothing wrong with having two big time safeties!