Nov 25, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram (54) looks across the line at Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) during the second quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Pass Rushers, Minus Melvin Ingram


By James Fedewa

Outside Linebacker Melvin Ingram tore his ACL suspending his sophomore season before it even began. Typical ACL injuries can take a full year to recover, but with current medical technology, recovery time can be as fast as 8 months. Either way, Melvin Ingram is done for the season and now San Diego has additional big problems at several key positions. Lacking authentic starters, like left tackle, strong safety and now right outside linebacker.

Next man up; former first round draft pick Larry English is now a full time starter. English is currently San Diego’s primary and premier pass rusher, which does not exactly strike fear into most opposing left tackles and quarterbacks.  The position will not be given to English, he will have to earn the job, but with Melvin Ingram gone (as well as Shaun Phillips and Antwan Barnes from last season) San Diego outside pass rushers are very thin, if not transparent.  The 27 year old English has all the talent in the world to be a big time play-maker, he has not done it yet in his brief 4 year career.

English will be given the opportunity to succeed, but a veteran may be brought in to provide depth, or even a starting job. Veterans Dwight Freeney, John Abraham or a Matt Roth are some veterans that could be brought in.   San Diego currently has three rookie outside linebackers on the team and all might be forced into action immediately. 6th round draft pick Tourek Williams, and two undrafted rookie free agents Frank Beltre and Devan Walker all can make 53 man roster, and having three rookies at the same position on the same team is not considered a luxury.

Additional personnel cuts might be necessary to sign Dwight Freeney to free up salary cap space. WR Eddie Royal could be released and the Jeromey Clary experiment (to RG) might have to end prematurely. Plus, Royal and Clary’s replacements were just drafted last month (Keenan Allan and DJ Fluker) and cutting them both could create just under $4 million dollars in additional salary cap space, but would also create over $6 million in dead money.

Landing a pass rusher like Dwight Freeney could cost San Diego $3 to 5 million per year (with bonus and quite possibly a multiple year contract). Freeney would look really good rushing former teammate Payton Manning twice a year against the Denver Broncos. But he could also insure himself practicing everyday against current San Diego left tackle King Dunlap.  Freeney is needed.

 

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  • Cgoodness13

    Cut royal if we are gonna sign a new OLB. We need competition at guard so keep clary.

    • Nick in PB

      Agree… Clary could end up being a really good guard. It’ll be interesting to see what happens now. The Ingram thing was so hard to digest… just horrible. I’d really hate to see us spent a lot of dollars on a situational pass rusher. We picked Barnes up early in the season… maybe there is another Barnes out there?

  • Cgoodness13

    Just read somehow interesting on chargers.com Johnson is quoted in saying “English was unblockable last year in camp, but he didn’t get playing time because of the veterans” or something like that. Maybe we should keep the 3-4 and his sign someone for depth and let English earn his spot starting?

    • tubbs45

      That may say more about the state of our O-Line than English, but I sure hope he turns into the beast we all hoped he’d be for the Bolts!!!

      • Cgoodness13

        I’m watching his college highlights, looks like a beast, though its in terrible quality lol.

    • jamfed

      Regardless, Telesco is going to have to sign a veteran. It would probably be a better idea to find a younger guy vs. an old vet like Freeney.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    This might sound childish, but I bet Melvin feels horrible (apart from the physical pain).

    • Cgoodness13

      He’s quoted on saying that ya.

  • tubbs45

    Interesting piece of info: AJ Smith reveals how he made draft day decisions!!!

    • jamfed

      I’ll say it… I liked AJ Smith.

      • Every other chargers fan

        That makes one of us

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      That is one of the best images I have seen!!!! So good!!

  • Gunnar Martin

    Well the vets on the team, especially Johnson, seem to be really high on English. They think he can be super productive (if healthy). So why not roll with him through OTAs and then sign another capable 3-4(!!!) OLB that just got released by another team.

    Would suck to give Freeney 4 mil a year and then see someone just as capable get released soon after.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Don’t know who could get cut that would be as good as Dwight. We would just be hoping at that point

      • jamfed

        Ray Edwards

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          not even close

      • Gunnar Martin

        Well they may not have as much pure talent as Freeney, but hopefully TT would pick up somebody used to the 3-4 and wouldn’t cost nearly as much. I really doubt Dwight will be as good as everyone thinks he is going to be, too.

  • [email protected]

    Any update on how the freeney visit is going? I hate when they say someones visiting us but never have anything else after that, so does that mean their not going so well ? Lol

    • tubbs45

      This just in from @JayJalzzier: Freeney just seen at In-and-Out with none other than MANTI Friggin T’eo eating animal style Fries with 2 4×4 and strawberry shakes… sounds like he is almost signed!

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Yes!!!!

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        I heard that San Diego area In-N-Outs have changed it to “Manti Style” FYI. His girlfriend has her own grilled cheese on the secret menu too.

        • tubbs45

          Hahahaha!!!! Love the manti secret menu!