Upcoming Free Agents For the San Diego Chargers

Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Donald Butler (56) celebrates with Chargers president Dean Spanos after a win against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers have a number of impending free agents for the offseason. Not all of them will be brought back, but Tom Telesco should likely look to bring some of these players back. Here is the list of players that are set to become free agents.

Seyi Ajirotutu – Ajirotutu made one of the biggest catches of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs and is a top-notch special teams player. If anything, he should be brought back for his ability to contribute on special teams. He can compete for a roster spot in training camp. His ability to play wide receiver and play special teams is a big plus.

Danario Alexander – Will the Chargers give Alexander another opportunity? His injury history is well-documented. He is a huge risk to sign. He showed that he can be a top level wide receiver with the Chargers if he is healthy though. We should make the doctor check him out and if he clears, give him another one-year deal.

Bront Bird – He is a special teams player and nothing more. He is a liability on the field if he has to play defense. Time to let him walk.

Donald Butler – Butler could have made a lot more money if he signed a deal last offseason. After his performance this season, his stock dropped off. He has shown potential, but didn’t live up to that level this year and again was injured and missed a few games this season. A pattern is starting to develop with him and those injuries. Butler should be the top priority for the team to re-sign.

Larry English – His contract finally has ended!

Lavelle Hawkins – Hawkins looked like he could provide some help in the return game and add some depth at the receiver position, but he was unable to get off the inactive roster all season. The team needed help in both areas during the year and Hawkins couldn’t crack the lineup. He doesn’t seem to be a fit.

Richard Marshall – Marshall ended the year as the team’s starter at cornerback across from Shareece Wright. He was the best option at the position, but that doesn’t mean he was a good option. Marshall is better off as depth in the secondary, but who will the Chargers have as a starter at corner?

Rich Ohrnberger – Ohrnberger is solid depth on the offensive line. He can play both center and guard. His versatility will be valuable. He provided big minutes in the playoffs against the Bengals and would be a nice option to bring back for depth.

Chad Rinehart – Rinehart was the starting left guard and we barely heard his name all season. That usually means good things for offensive linemen. His versatility was big for the team also. He started at both left guard and right guard during the year and should be brought back on a multi-year deal.

Steve Schilling – There is likely better depth players available.

Darrell Stuckey – Stuckey was the team’s Special Teams Player of the Year. He also contributed at safety this season and is a solid player on the roster.

Cam Thomas – As a starter, Thomas was a big disappointment. If he is brought back, it would have to be on a cheap deal and he would have to take a backup role. He would be good for depth on the defensive line andhe is best used on pass rushing situations.

Reggie Walker – Walker came over from the Cardinals in the offseason and was just known as a special teams stud. With the Chargers, he had to take on multiple roles and showed a lot of versatility. He started at middle linebacker and outside linebacker for the team and he filled his role well. He should be brought back for a couple more years.

Charlie Whitehurst – Clipboard Jesus help onto that clipboard like a pro. Time for Bran Sorensen to take that duty though.

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  • weistaz

    I only see signing 4 them

  • Tazzster

    Butler, Orhnberger and Rhinehart should all be priorities to resign.

    There are some other guys we should look at keeping, but not for big money

    And we should let Richard Marshall walk.

    • PakMaN

      What no stuckey?

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        yea… we should keep STUCK

        • Carlos J Manzano

          I’m sure we can DX for a cheap deal, considering his injuries.

          • boltingindiego

            with his knee history only deals you can make on him our low guaranteed with incentives based on production.

      • Tazzster

        second tier guys…..

        Stucky, Tutu, Walker

        • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

          Stucky makes almost every single play on special teams, can’t let him walk and have another year like 2 years back when we couldn’t do anything right on SP. Stuckys a keeper for life.

          • boltingindiego

            stuckey is what osgood was to us back in the day. when osgood left our sp teams sucked. we have to keep stuck and tutu as gunners. plus stuck played well in pass defense situations.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            Both are awesome gunners! Awesome!

  • Guest

    How much is Whitehurst getting paid? I don’t think that much. If they keep him, obviously they don’t think Sorensen can do it. I don’t know why everyone is so enamored with Sorensen. That is the guy that is a waste of a roster space.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      he was paid $1.8M

  • Stefanie Smith

    How much are they paying Charlie Whitehurst? Probably not that much. If they decide to keep Charlie, then it is obvious they don’t think Sorensen is ready. And why is everyone so enamored with this guy? He takes up a roster spot, but at least he is not costing a ton. And coaches like their project QBs. So okay then.

  • Derek

    I think we should also be concerned about nick hardwick. Him and dielman were close and felt the same about quitting to perserve long term health..

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i agree… and he suffered a concussion in the Bengals game. i am concerned about him hanging it up

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

        If I were him, I would be thinking, “If they draft another center this season, I’ll stay one more year to break him in.. If they don’t, I’m retiring”. I wouldn’t blame him either.

        • davacho

          again, TT interview sounds like one more go.

  • Padraigh Keogh

    Will Malcom Floyd retire this year.? Lot of injuries last two years

    • Stefanie Smith

      I think he will. This last injury was bad. Many speculate this last injury was career-ending. Same for Jermichael Finley on GB.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        i think he will too

        • Michael

          What happened to vincent Brown this year, is he under contract for a while?

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            he has one more year left on his deal

          • Michael

            I hope this year was just growing pains, and brings it next year

    • davacho

      TT was tight lipped about m80 today… i think he retires.

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        me too duder

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          but that is he said she said… and why i will never claim it as truth

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          so… my boss is related to M80 in some weird way… and he keeps telling me that he is done.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i think he does

  • Derek

    I like stuckey over aritutu. He’s a special teams ace and also fills in well when weddles playing joker. Butler deffinitely. Marshall for depth on outside for cheap. Ornburger. Let English test free agency and if we can’t find better sign him for cheap. Same for Hawkins. Cut CBj. Replace bird in drafy

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      agree on all these. ajirotutu likely would be a cheap player.. he was on the street forever until the Chargers signed him and we still have no depth at that position. let him fight for a job in camp.

    • davacho

      TT is super high on tutu & stuckey for ST

  • serg21

    Resign Butler Stuckey rich and Chad and maybe think about brining back cam thomas for depth

  • Mark Viguri

    Like losing Shaun Phillips only losing Bulter would hurt the team. The rest are role players. Telesco has the upper hand with the others and should be able to create a lot of cap room. Disagree with your comment about Bird who played well vs. Denver.

    • 619chargers4life

      Did Bird play well , I’m not saying 3&17 was him but if u review the tape. I think he forgot to relay the call .

      • Mark Viguri

        Broncos ran at him as soon as Manti left. Bird made all the tackles, played a lot better than Te’o. 3&17 was Weddle’s fault. You really bought the story that Bird was going to cover an All Pro like Thomas 20 yards down field? Come on, even if he did Thomas still makes the catch.

        • 619chargers4life

          Go to chargers.com a watch wrights interview , it was a LB’s job to relay the call to the corner on that side , and he blew it .

          • Gunnar Martin

            Wright’s interview? Can’t find it anywhere…

        • davacho

          on the 3&17 weddle ran from the OTHER side of the field! and what about the next 3&6 when byrd floated out in the flats to cover… oh that’s right- no one. if he stayed and cut off the under like he was supposed to- broncos would have punted. yes, byrd did tackle the guys he came into contact with… bottom line is we can (and must imo) do better at that position.

          • Mark Viguri

            Manning knew who to pick on. Bird had Stuckey behind him at the snap and there was another receiver coming across the middle. It would have been nice if Bird was directly in front of the receiver but Thomas was Wrights man on the 2nd play. Still those two plays do not make Bird a bad player. replay about 6:09 minutes in

            http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2014011201/2013/POST19/chargers@broncos#menu=highlights&tab=recap

          • davacho

            tough to even discuss with you when i have no confidence in your ability to watch a video, but here goes:

            you’re admitting that manning picked on byrd because he is an average defender.

            are you retracting your statement about the 3&17 being weddle’s fault? you know- since you have access to the replay now…

            “it would have been nice for byrd to be in front of the receiver”?! HE WAS. hell yah, this is playoff ball- it would be nice to do your job… i know byrd is not the only player to botch a play, but those two were pretty freaking big ones.

            wright was all over jones on a tough route to cover against a “all pro TE”- if byrd cuts off the inside then we might be having a different sunday planned at my house. weddle was covering welker across the middle- and yah, weddle is ALWAYS around the ball because he is a great player.

            obviously, we had lots of plays that we could have executed (or called) better, but that’s my point. as a matter of degree- byrd needs to be relegated to ST or practice squad because we can do BETTER.

            for the record, i NEVER said he was a bad player. i just said we must get a better player at that position.

            would seem to be a easy thing to agree on, no?

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            i will say it… Byrd sucks

    • boltingindiego

      he had a couple of good plays but than blew our chance of coming back when he played horrible on 3rd and 17. Butler is the main piece we have to keep out of all the fa’s. Hes the qb of the defense and we don’t have any other ilb’s who have starting skills besides teo.

  • boltingindiego

    i think we should keep butler, stuckey, both guards, marshall for depth, walker, dx, and tutu.

  • Miike Holm

    Marshall is good depth but letting him walk won’t kill us what with the sheer gluttony in Corners in free agency and a good chance at snagging one or two in the draft.

  • bolt up!

    Ernie ,can you do one like this report for which free agents(from other teams) you think the chargers will go after please and thank you

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      of course. Will work on it

      • Gunnar Martin

        Yay! Always makes me smile like a 5 year old waiting for a lollipop when you say you’re going to make an article on something :) lol

    • Conor Cahill

      Im working on one now

  • philiprules

    Butler – should be resigned but I’m not sure he’s worth the big bucks a lot of people think he is. I wonder what tagging him would cost.
    Rinehart – should be able to sign him to a multi year for reasonable money. Do it.
    Tutu/Stuckey/Ohrnberger – like them all as role players. Shouldn’t cost much.
    The rest of them – please see the coach, bring your playbooks.

    • w1LLz

      I agree. Tutu and Stuckey have been pretty good for covering punts on special teams.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i dont think he is worth the tag

  • Daryl Peek

    Craig Peet ‏@craig_peet 23h
    @UTKevinAcee. Do you know if D Alexander is coming back or is he a FA?

    UTKevinAcee ‏@UTKevinAcee 20h
    @craig_peet He is a FA. They will likely bring him back. No risk involved.

    According to Acee DX is likely coming back. I believe that simply because PR loves him and it would yet again be at very low cost so there’s no risk as Acee says.

    • w1LLz

      I love it! Allen, Alexander, Floyd, Royal, Gates, Green, Mathews, Woodhead. Tell me that’s not a scary thought for even the #1 defense in the league! If they’re healthy at the same time that is. Along with the promotion of Frank Reich, I think we have something special coming together here ladies and gentlemen.

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        I honestly think it’s Alexander or Floyd you can’t really depend on either so having both could hurt us again.

        • w1LLz

          I can understand that completely. I just think that those 2 (barring any injuries, which is almost a certainty) add a depth to this team unlike any other in the NFL. If by some miracle our receiving core can stay at say, 80% next year, I would say the Bolts have the best r-core in the league. I’d even say our guys at full strength are better than Denver’s.

      • Daryl Peek

        That’s only 4 WR’s. I’d still like to see Telesoc go after a WR talent in the draft like Martavis Bryant in the late second or third round if he’s still on the board. He would be a nice addition sitting in waiting just as KA13 was to start the season. Especially given the injury history of DX and M80. I have no problem with going with DX and M80 one more time.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          I will be watching to see if Jordan Matthews slips to 3rd round

          • Daryl Peek

            Just watched some footage on Matthews. The kid looks big and explosive like Dez Bryant. Very good in the open field and has good breakaway speed once he gets a step ahead. Good look, I’ll add him to my players to watch list.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      good looking out… will post something on that.

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

    Keep: Tutu, Alexander, Butler, Marshall, Ohrnberger, Reinhart, Stuckey, Thomas, Walker
    Cut: Bird, English, Hawkins, Whitehurst, Clary

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  • Teddy

    Butler, Rinehart, Ohrnberger and Stuckey should be priorities. We can most likely keep Tutu for cheap on ST as well as Walker and Marshall for depth. Everyone else can walk. We can address Clary/Thomas’s vacancies in the draft.

  • arnie

    Priority: Butler, Ohrnberger, Rinehart, Stuckey, Wright
    Consideration: Thomas, Marshal, Walker an CBJ

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