Dec 9 2012, Indianapolis, USA; Indianapolis Colts linebacker Dwight Freeney (93) waits to be introduced during player introductions before the game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Free Agent: Looking Forward To Most

In only a few short months we’ll see the San Diego Chargers take the field and kick off the 2013 season. The Chargers have brought in key free agents to either start right away or booster positions in need of depth. Names such as the three D’s, Danny Woodhead, Derek Cox and Dwight Freeney will dawn lightning bolts for the first time. Here are a few quick thoughts of some of the bigger named stars recently signed.

Danny Woodhead – I’ve always like this guy, a very powerful running back with exceptional blocking skills and good hands. Woodhead fights for yardage with the ball in his hands and hardly fumbles. If Ryan Matthews has trouble staying healthy, Woodhead is a great insurance policy.

Derek Cox – He’ll immediately jump into the starting line up and will be a fresh new look compared to Cason or Jammer. Cox isn’t elite, but is an obvious upgrade. A bit of a ball hawk, Cox will fit in nicely along side All-Pro Eric Weddle. Having two defensive backs for quarterbacks to be watchful for is better than one.

Dwight Freeney – It is no secret, Freeney was the biggest impact player we signed this off-season. If it weren’t for an unexpected injury to Melvin Ingram, the Chargers would have never pulled his card. Freeney will give us pass-rush experience, leadership and attitude. He may be an aging star, yet far better than what we had currently on the team.

Chad Rienhart – Just like cornerback, guard is another position where we’ll see a complete overhaul. Rienhart, along with Jeromey Clary and Johnnie Troutman will duke it out for the two guard positions, with the third likely to be the backup. Rienharthas never been a full time starter but filled in admirably when called upon in Buffalo.

Chris Gronkowski – Potentially, the other “Gronk” could upseat current starter Le’Ron McClain at the fullback position. Is this Gronk a reputable fullback? Not really. Is McClain the answer at the position? Nope, not at all! McClain is currently overpriced for his inability to block and he might become a cap space casualty after the addition of Freeney.

Who are you looking forward to seeing in lighting bolts? Can the season start already?!

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  • Cliff


  • Ambitoos

    TT sure makes AJ look like an idiot.

    • Peter Thompson

      Yes he does.

    • BlueBoltFan

      Well said!

    • Ernie Padaon


  • FitzWilly

    Fozzy Whittaker :)

    • MC Boltman

      Yes, me too – just to scream FOZZYYYY!! when he gains 1 yard :)

      • FitzWilly

        Don’t forget “The Fozzy” when he scores a TD
        Wakka Wakka :)

        • Ernie Padaon

          hahahahaha…. i would love him to be really good, just so we can cheer him on

          • Peter Thompson

            Can you imagine Fozzy Bear Wakka Wakka hats? I’m calling it first.. you read it here! That’s as good as a trademark!

  • Rob Base

    How do you get a profile pict up?

    • Ernie Padaon

      i think you have to create a disqus account and then you can do it from there…. that would be pretty tight

  • Rob Base

    Woodhead and Freeney

    • NativeSanDiegan

      You read my mind (which is no easy task as I’m always losing it). haha
      Woodhead and Freeney

  • Peter Thompson


  • Peter Thompson

    Oh…. And look what my wife just picked up for me! God I love her!!!!


    • Rob Base

      Nice bro!

    • andrew wall

      lucky. I can’t seem to find weddle’s jersey anywhere.

    • Jonah Lee

      God Bless that woman!!!

  • Charlie Duddy

    Definitely Danny Woodhead. Hes set up for success and I expect us to see a lot of him.

  • Gunnar Martin

    Gotta say Cox is the player that I can’t wait for most. He may have the biggest upside out of all of our FA pickups, and there’s a chance that he could turn into one of the best in the game. It’ll be really weird having someone with that kind of talent shutting down the other team’s top receiver. Hopefully, he’s going to make me go out and get his jersey after this season!

  • tubbs45

    Starks, Freeney, Cox, woodhead, the UDFA Nose Tackles!!!! That would be my order of interest. CB depth in particular the 3rd cb spot will be interesting because I think they are really searching for more depth with gilcrest moving to safety.

  • Ernie Padaon

    remember at the start of the offseason when we signed nothing!!!! that was a scary time for us… haha

    • tubbs45

      Fan panic!!! ‘What the hell is is doing!!!’ Calm. cool, and deliberate… with the exception of freeney, that was quick, targeted and delivered!