Playing the Guessing Game: Where Do Chargers Free Agents End Up?

This lockout is ENDLESS and we are all growing impatient waiting for some sports action. For San Diego baseball fans, the football season could not get here fast enough. Once the lockout ends, there should be a free agent FRENZY on our hands. The Bolts have a lot of guys that are free to move around and I will play the guessing game to see where some of these guys will end up once things get kicked into gear:

Vincent Jackson – San Diego Chargers
Thank goodness for the FRANCHISE TAG or one of my favorite players on this team would probably be moving on somewhere else. He gets one more year here to try and convince AJ that he needs to stay here long term.

Malcom Floyd – San Diego Chargers
Malcom’s best option is to stay in this offense with Philip Rivers as his quarterback. He knows our offensive system and we should be able to offer him a decent contract to keep him around. There will be some action for Malcom out there, but I think he stays.

Darren Sproles – St. Louis Rams
The Rams are looking for someone to give Steven Jackson a breather from time to time and they are looking for offensive weapons to try and help out Sam Bradford. Doubt to see him in a Chargers jersey again.

Jeromey Clary – Dallas Cowboys
We have so many free agents that we need to bring back, that Clary may not have the patience to wait for a good offer from us. He may jump on some offer to play somewhere else and we will be left with Brandyn Dombrowski to start at right tackle and the rookie Stephen Schilling as the backup.

Eric Weddle – San Diego Chargers
This is me hoping! I could see this going in many different directions. Weddle will be a hot commodity once free agency starts, but without him on the roster we would have 2 injury happy safeties as our starters with Steve Gregory and Bob Sanders. That sounds like too much trouble to deal with. AJ likes his depth and bringing back Weddle makes more sense since the position is weak in depth.

Kevin Burnett – San Diego Chargers
We are bringing back one of the middle linebackers and it should be KB. He has become a force in the middle of the defense and continues to impress when given playing time.

Stephen Cooper – Carolina Panthers
Coop has one of the best football IQs on the team, but his body is starting to catch up to him. He is getting injured more and is starting to slow down. Coach Rivera would love to bring Coop over with him to Carolina to help run the defense.

Where do you guys think that all these players will end up? These are my guesses.

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  • PhilDisney

    Do you think we will keep Brandon Siler, who is also a FA.

    A lot of people think Coop will end up in Carolina when this all shakes out, but I beg to differ.

    All indication are that Rivera will go with a Tampa 2 4/3 Defense, which has to a tendency to go with speed over size/strength . Coop lacks the short area quickness, this late in his football life, that one need play LB in a 4/3.

    I would love to have Coop back, he was instrument in the Chargers defeat of the Colts. Signing him might be a option if we can’t get Burnett or Siler signed. If we can, I’d say his best fit will be with Wade Phillips and that new Texans 3/4 Defense they have down there.

    Coop could be the instrument to them finally getting over Colts in the AFC South. He knows Wade, he know the system and more importantly, he know how to bet Payton Manning.

    Weddle will be the Chargers priority FA. It will start with him and work it’s way down. If they don’t get him signed, I suspect they will either go with the secondary as is or go out and find a cheap veteran to be the second CB, while Jammer moves to FS and Cason moves to first CB. I would love Nnamdi Asomugha to be sign if this happens, but that just not something AJ would do unless Nnamdi really wants to play for the Chargers and will to play for cheap.

    Clary ‘ugh’ will probably still be a Charger next year. First, he will play for cheap. Second, he is a starter here. There is no reason for him to leave if he already has a starting job here and there is no demand for him on the open market.

  • epadaon

    @PhilDisney definitely some good points… coop to the Texans makes a lot of sense! He would get to haunt Peyton for 2 games a season out there.

    If we dont bring back Weddle, we better look to bring in someone else to play safety. like you said, nnamdi would be awesome, but doubtful… maybe a michael huff is a more AJ like move

  • PhilDisney

    @epadaon @PhilDisney

    Huff would be a possibility, but I think the Raiders like him and will give him priority. I think it would be more likely that we would stick with what we have. Hence the signing of Bob Sanders and drafting 2 CB.

  • epadaon

    @PhilDisney i dont knwo if i like the idea of sticking with what we have if weddle leaves… that would leave us with injury happy bob sanders and steve gregory as our starters… gregory could be good, but he did miss some time with suspension and injuries…

    the depth behind them is the issue… rookies? better be ready

  • MikeTuck

    I agree that this list is what the Chargers need to get done. I also agree that Clary probably will be a Charger and I don’t think he is the best starter material. But hanging on to him and having him compete against freeagents and our one draftee will be good for him and the Chargers. With any luck we’ll find our starter and have Clary as a suitable backup.

  • epadaon

    @MikeTuck Mike… love the input you have to the BLOG… look forward to your input more and more when the season comes through!