The San Diego Chargers have been busy for the first couple of days in free agency. There hasn’t been Denver Broncos type movement going on over here, but there were a handful of players that Tom Telesco was able to recruit over to town.
The Chargers started on the offensive side of the football, getting help up front on the offensive line. The Chargers signed versatile offensive linemen, King Dunlap and Chad Rinehart, to deals. They also signed hard nosed tight end John Phillips. None of the signing will blow you away, but it brings youth and a fresh air onto the roster. They also bring some help blocking for Philip Rivers.
Having players like Dunlap and Rinehart around will open up the possibilities in the draft. Both guys can play all over the offensive line and can fill the holes that we have. If the linemen they want is unavailable in the draft in the first round, they can look at different positions and know there are a couple of guys that can hold the fort for a bit. If Dee Milliner is available at pick 11, then we can afford to select him. Or whoever you want to select with that pick.
On defense, the Chargers were able to add a new piece to the secondary with the signing of Derek Cox. Cox will start at one corner spot and the other spot will be battled out between Shareece Wright, Marcus Gilchrist and probably some rookie. That position will be shored up in the draft and the team can see if they can find some bargains in free agency to add to the position.
There still are a few holes that need to be addressed. Re-signing Aubrayo Franklin will clog a huge hole over the middle of the defense. There also needs to be a middle linebacker brought to town to play next o Donald Butler. Lastly, they probably need some vet on the roster to take some carries away from Ryan Mathews. They will grab one in the draft also, but there needs to be depth at the position.
The Chargers can always sign offensive linemen and nobody will be mad. They can add 6 more and I wouldn’t see an issue with it. Call up Eric Winston and bring him to town. Keep adding pieces. In the draft, draft studs. Don’t worry about the position, we just need good football players!