That trademark bowling ball celebration likely has made it’s last appearance in a San Diego Chargers uniform. Shaun Phillips led the team in sacks last season, but the team drafted Melvin Ingram with their first round draft pick last season and he is expected to start with Phillips gone.
Phillips is an unrestricted free agent and could look to join a playoff team. The Chargers are looking toward the future and don’t have the free money to spend on a position that already has capable starters. Jarrett Johnson and Ingram will likely be the starters going into the season.
The Chargers should try to bring back Antwan Barnes from free agency to be the first backup off of the bench. Barnes should be available at a cheaper price. He led the team in sacks a couple of seasons ago and would be a nice option off the bench.
Larry English could also be given another year to prove his worth with the new GM Tom Telesco in town. Maybe he will be given more opportunities to get into the game with Norv out of town.
Johnson, Ingram, Barnes and English. Still need to pick up a couple of more guys to compete at the position. There just are too many other holes to fill on the roster and signing a top notch outside linebacker is not of high priority.
Sign me a left tackle, a left guard, a middle linebacker, a strong safety, a runningback or a wide receiver before you sign an outside linebacker.