November 25, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers cornerback Shareece Wright (29) after a defensive stop in overtime against the Baltimore Ravens at Qualcomm Stadium. The Ravens won 16-13 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

POLL: Where Do The Chargers Need Depth The Most?

So, the Bolts collected $4.5 million in salary-cap room on June 2, as Jared Gaither´s release came with a June 1 designation. After signing first round pick D.J. Fluker, they now got between $2 to $2.5 million left in cap space.

I guess General Tom Telesco wants to get busy in free agency again, but he also will have to leave some money available for potential “emergency” pickups (injuries etc.) during the season.

So, the question will be, which position the Chargers should address with that small amount of money they got left in the pocket?

We already figured out some roster spots that could use some more depth. In my last article write-up we took a closer look at the situation on the defensive line; let´s quickly summarize what we “learned” yesterday.

Cam Thomas is set to be the starter at nose tackle. He´s entering his fourth year in the National Football League and has only recorded five career starts so far. But he is ready to take on the leader role. In April, Tom Telesco brought in two undrafted free agents which line up as nose tackles; Kwame Geathers (6’6”, 342 lbs) and Byron Jerideau (6’0”, 334 lbs). Both guys seem to be very promising and could make the final roster.

He also added two undrafted defensive ends, Jamarkus McFarland and Brandon Moore, but I´m not too sure if they´ll wear a Lightning Bolt uniform next season. Defensive end/tackle Jarius Wynn found his way onto the roster already before the draft and I guess it´s just fair to mention that besides the starters Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes, the Chargers still got Damik Scafe and Logan Harrell on the team.

Definitely not all of those guys will play for Chargers this upcoming season, but these are names of the defensive linemen that currently are listed on the roster.

We´ve also heard voices whispering that D.J. Fluker should be moved to right guard as he “will struggle some at right tackle” because “his feet are just too heavy to pass-block well enough as an NFL tackle”. Whether or not we agree with those comments, we probably have to consider this news as unpleasant possibility at least. It´s surely way too early to say he definitely can´t do it on the right end of the offensive line, but if it becomes apparent in training camp that Fluker is much better at right guard than on the outside, then we got to have a plan how to solve the problems at right tackle.

One possible solution we´ve talked about is to cut Jeromey Clary and sign former Kansas City Chief Eric Winston who is a good zone-blocking lineman and is capable of playing guard as well; Ex-Colt Winston Justice is still available too (and surely would come in at a cheaper price tag). Or we have faith in Clary and put him in competition with Mike Harris…or even Max Starks, who is known for his solid run blocking.

Currently the depth chart of the two tackle spots look like this:
Left tackle: Max Starks, King Dunlap, Nick Becton
Right tackle: D.J. Fluker OR Jeromey Clary, Mike Harris, Brandyn Dombrowski

Should we wait and see if D.J. Fluker can play the position he was drafted for or should we now start to work on a “Plan B”? On this site, you decide.

Last but not least, I want to mention the current cornerback situation. We already know that Marcus Gilchrist is making the transition to strong safety. This means, Shareece Wright and Derek Cox are set to be the starters for 2013. Last year Wright suffered an ankle sprain in the season opener and wasn´t able to return until week 9. Cox has missed 17 games over the past three seasons and 14 over the last two. If they go down again, then this year´s fifth round selection Steve Williams and free agent pick-up Johnny Patrick, who was on the field for only 218 snaps last season, would be the next in line. Tom Telesco also brought in the undrafted free agents Marcus Cromartie, Josh Johnson, Greg Brown and Kenny Okoro. Not all of these guys will make the final roster, but those who will, probably will have to prove themselves on special teams first. And of course, it´s also fair to mention that Greg Gatson is on the roster too.

So, BoltFam, now it´s your turn. Please take part in the poll below and tell us where you think Tom Telesco should spend his (little) money on; i.e. which position is in most urgent need of more depth? Also, feel free to explain your decision in the comments section below.

Thank you for reading and voting!

Where do the Chargers need more depth the most?

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  • Cgoodness13

    We have CBs with a history of injurys so CB would be great. Sheldon Brown might actually make a good SS so we could move gilchrist back to CB

    • Cgoodness13

      And him cracking Steve Jackson

    • MC Boltman

      I also wouldn´t mind to have Sheldon Brown as 3rd CB option..but it depends on what kind of money he´s asking…he´s 34 but he´s coming off a great season

  • Ambitoos

    That’s a tough one because we really don’t know yet how the Rookies are advancing. Then again, we can’t go wrong by getting more experienced O linemen. We really don’t want anymore problems on that line.

    • MC Boltman

      Yep thats an important point…it really depends on how the rookies are doing in training camp…but on the other hand, if you wait too long then the more solid FAs will be gone too…when speaking bout O-Line: I would call Eric Winston very solid – his high asking price is what makes it hard for him to get a job, but at some point he´ll have to lower that price and then he´ll be pursuit again.

  • Alter Ego

    SD has been a swing and miss in the secondary for a while now save for Weddle. It is borderline epic. Every Bolt fan cringes when the opposing QB lets it fly…the poll should be a landslide for DB depth.

    • Alter Ego

      No brainer.

    • MC Boltman

      Well, it looks good for secondary in the poll…or actually the poll says, the secondary doesn´t look good :)

  • Thomas Powell

    Easy NT and RB

    • MC Boltman

      No concerns about the secondary? Not much depth and the CB starters seem to be very injury-prone…but not everyone´s got the same opinion, that´s why fan sites exist and that´s why it´s fun to check them out :)

  • Rob Base

    Need depth in CB and Safety for sure.

    • MC Boltman

      Yep thats also my main concern…the poll says the same :)

  • joerockt

    RB as there is no one to replace Mathews when he inevitably goes down. And if you say, “what about Woodhead”, I’ll slap yo momma with a trout.

    • MC Boltman

      Well, originally I wanted to add the RB situation as well – but I´m not sure they have the money left to address that position too. But it definitely would´ve been a good idea to include that position in the poll (as I said, I planned to do it). Well, I´m not hyped bout the thought of Woodhead being the lead back of the Chargers, but obviously they see him taking on a bigger role than he did in New England. I actually was pretty disappointed that they didn´t address the position in the draft – but the UDFA Michael HIll seems to be very promising too…if Mathews goes down then besides Woodhead he´d probably get some carries as well…not too sure what to expect from Fozzy and Edwin Baker…we´ll see

      • joerockt

        I think Bradshaw would be a more serviceable RB then Ronnie Brown. Not sure what the thought was keeping him around. McClain as well. There are 2 guys right there easily replaced with Bradshaw, or heck even Turner Tha Burner. Just someone other than Ronnie Brown who’s had experience carrying the load every down.

        • MC Boltman

          I´ve to admit, the re-signing of Ronnie Brown, after Woodhead has been signed, was a little head scratcher to me. Brown is a solid third-down back, but so is Woodhead. Again, it seems the Chargers got a bigger role in mind for Woodhead. I like Bradshaw, but he´s so injury-prone – he can´t stay healthy for an entire season, but if he´d come in cheap, it would be very cool to have him on the team.

  • Alexander Leithoff

    Hate to sound like a broken record but we need to send some dudes packing. Royal, McClain, and Clary. I’m not as worried about NT as I am CB. We don’t have any proven durable starters.

    • Rob Base

      Clary for sure!

    • MC Boltman

      Yeh, I wrote about that expendables guys too…if the worst scenario becomes reality and Fluker will be moved to guard, then Clary with an cap hit of $5.7 million is more than expendable…

  • FitzWilly

    We could sure use some depth at BallBoy, and Towel Monkeys
    and the Gatorade guy is getting up there in years :)

  • Ioane

    Secondary is our biggest concern. As mentioned in the article, both of our starting CB have a history with injuries and the depth behind them is scary.

    Not a lot of options on the market, so I would vote to bring in Kerry Rhodes who did a pretty good job with the Cards last year at safety and move Gilchrist back to CB. I wouldn’t want Sheldon brown.

    • MC Boltman

      Could be a possibility, but I´m not sure the Chargers see Gilchrist as temporary option at SS (as most fans) – I think they want him to play there. And moving back to CB during the season – after you made the complete offseason as SS – isn´t that easy either, as he never has been the starter on the outside. Rhodes is a possibility, but I don´t think that will happen – they obviously like Gilchrist at SS.

  • Brett

    Too many high paid players are still on the roster without delivering. Mike Harris proved that although he wasn’t the best option, he worked well under extreme pressure as an undrafted rookie, playing a position he had never even played in college. I’m sure he’s really underpaid compared to the “promised” Gaither. What a waste. Fluker looked promising at first, but that’s college ball, put him at guard, maybe.