Dec 22, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (82) loses the ball as he is tackled by Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis (23) during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Free Agents The Chargers Could Look At

The San Diego Chargers are not going to have a ton of money under the cap to make a big splash in free agency. Tom Telesco doesn’t seem to be the type to pick up huge names in free agency in the first place. The biggest name he picked up was Dwight Freeney and that happened because the market ran dry on him and we were in desperate need of a pass rusher.

The team likely will like to stock up the roster through the draft while adding some role players through free agency. Here are a few names in free agency that Tom Telesco might look at.

RB Anthony Dixon, San Francisco 49ers

Dixon is a 26 year old running back that has been behind the shadow of Frank Gore in San Francisco. He would be a solid option to fill in as a number 2 guy behind Ryan Mathews. We need someone on the roster to take on that role. Ronnie Brown was not the answer.

RB Toby Gerhart, Minnesota Vikings

Gerhart is a bulldozer. He will run people over but won’t get many opportunities to run behind Adrian Peterson. He would be an option in short yardage situations and could come in if Ryan Mathews were to get hurt.

WR Dexter McCluster, Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs likely will not let McCluster walk away, but he would be a great player to steal from the division rival. Tom Telesco is looking to add more speed onto the roster and McCluster has that home run threat that he could be looking for. He also could help in the return game. He seems to be a perfect fit for our offense.

WR Jacoby Jones, Baltimore Ravens

If the Chargers want to add a deep threat, Jones could be that option to line up on the opposite side of Keenan Allen if Danario Alexander or Malcom Floyd are unable to contribute for us this season. Jones also is a threat in the return game.

DE Antonio Smith, Houston Texans

The 32 year old Smith might get more money staying with the Texans, but they have a new coaching staff and he might not fit into their plans. Smith is a solid 3-4 defensive end and could help in the rotation with Kendall Reyes and Corey Liuget. He would stiffen up that defensive front.

DE/LB Anthony Spencer, Dallas Cowboys

Spencer will be returning from a knee injury and might not get a lot of love in free agency. Spencer’s best season came as a 3-4 outside linebacker where he finished the season with 11 sacks just a couple of seasons ago. He might be looking to join a 3-4 defense again to get back to what he does best.

NT Paul Soliai, Miami Dolphins

The Chargers biggest needs in the offseason is at the nose tackle spot. There wasn’t enough production at the spot. Soliai has been playing the nose tackle position at a high level for a while and this is one position the team could invest some money toward. He grew up in Southern California and it could be a good time for him to come back.

NT Aubrayo Franklin, Indianapolis Colts

The Chargers allowed Franklin to walk last offseason to join the Indianapolis Colts. He is a solid player in the middle and could be picked up on a cheap deal. He knows the defense and knows a lot of players on the roster already. We could get a couple of years out of him and allow us more time to develop the other youngsters for the middle.

NT Terrence Cody, Baltimore Ravens

Cody comes from the Baltimore Ravens system and has been stuck behind Haloti Ngata. Cody will be looking for an opportunity to be a starter and he would get a good shot here. It would be nice to have his 350 pounds clogging up the middle.

CB Vontae Davis, Indianapolis Colts

Davis is going to make a lot of money in the offseason and it might push him out of the Chargers market. This is another position the team might want to put some money toward though. He played a couple of seasons with the Colts and I am sure that Tom Telesco did a lot of scouting on him already.

CB Captain Munnerlyn, Carolina Panthers

Captain was on the Chargers radar last offseason, but we decided to go with Derek Cox instead. Munnerlyn shined with the Panthers this season and would be a nice pickup despite his small stature.

FS Antoine Bethea, Indianapolis Colts

Bethea might be out of the Chargers price range, but those Indianapolis ties with Tom Telesco might kick in and Telesco might want to bring the safety over to San Diego to pair with Eric Weddle. Imagine a pair of Eric Weddles running around in the secondary. Not exactly a strong safety, but you bring in good football players and the coaching staff can figure it out.

SS Bernard Pollard, Tennessee Titans

Pollard is a veteran strong safety and is a better pair with Weddle. He brings the heat and poses fear to receivers across the middle of the field. He might rack up a few fines during the year, but the defense will be hitting hard in the secondary.

SS Donte Whitner, San Francisco 49ers

Whitner is another player that will look to light up defenders. He is another guy that will look to knock out players and could be an option for the Chargers.

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  • Padraigh Keogh

    Should never have let Franklin go… but don’t want him now. Better going for someone in draft or Soliai/Cody. Anyone know what our cap space is going into next season?

  • Derek

    Toby gerhart and franklin if we can’t hook verner from the titans or grimes then we should just double down in the draft. Toby has some fresh legs under Adrian and he runs like a faster Tolbert. Verner or grimes would be great but if not I hope they get scooped up by a team with a lower pick in the draft like Detroit

  • Gunnar Martin

    I’ve already been thinking about Gerhart and Solai. Both would play solid roles next year if we did bring them in. Personally, I would like us to go after our 3rd-string running back in the later rounds of the draft, and try to pick up our NT in free agency. At first glance, there seems to be an abundance of starting-caliber defensive tackles looking to sign with new teams this offseason. Same with running backs going into the draft, for that matter. With the cap space we’re going to have to work with, we’ll have to do most of our hole-filling through the draft. TT has one tough job ahead of him.

    • CALiFORNiAkiD

      Yeah the Draft is stockpiled with RB’s

      My Top 5

      Lache Seastrunk
      Tre Mason
      Carlos Hyde
      Bishop Sankey
      Andre Williams

      • Gunnar Martin

        One to keep an eye on for 4th round or later is James Wilder Jr from FSU. I think he has exactly what we are looking for in our future backup to Mathews. Storm Johnson from UCF has also impressed me as well. Both late round picks (as of right now at least).

  • Sergio Quintero

    The Nose Tackle situation probably has to be handled through free agency, after the 2 Notre Dame DT’s (Tuitt, Nix) there really isn’t a clear upgrade in the rest of the draft to the chargers current group of Lissemore & Geathers, and both those Notre Dame DT’s very likely will gone by pick 25. Linval Joseph of the Giants will be paid the most money he’s only 25, but his level of play and that of Soliai & Franklin there isn’t much of a gap.

    In terms of RB’s I have always believed in drafting young, its a limited life span position with diminishing returns with age, plus its a position because its not valued you will find good players always that drop into the 3rd-5th round area.

    • Gunnar Martin

      Exactly! Plus, with all the underclassmen coming out this year, there should still be some solid backs all the way to UDFA.

      • Sergio Quintero

        I’m sure you will find a back like Adam Muema somewhere between round 6-UDFA, I think he’s a whole lot better than that.

    • Ernie Padaon

      exactly… would rather pick up a nose tackle in free agency over taking a project in the 2nd round

      • Sergio Quintero

        Have to agree, I know you mocked McCullers in the 2nd round, but I just don’t think he’s any better than Lissemore. So clearly the free agent route.

        • Ernie Padaon

          and the more i read on mccullers… the more i don’t even want to touch him

    • Peter Thompson

      “The Nose Tackle situation probably has to be handled through free agency”. Thank you!!! I agree… we can’t use anyone who can’t get the job done now. I would love to get Cody. Even Gruden was saying that he will be highly coveted in Free Agency this season. I agree with him.

  • 619chargers4life

    Team speed , Dexter all day long . RB Dixon is a beast. I wouldn’t mind seeing these two lighting it up for the Chargers .

  • Stefanie Smith

    We better be putting together a winning team quick. No FAs will want to come here unless we pay them a premium. We have three ex Chargers on their way to the SB. We better get it done or we will end up begging to have the good players come here. These guys want to see that we have a realistic chance of going to the SB. The good players on our team now–will cut and run if they don’t see progress and if we are not competitive.

    • Peter Thompson

      I think our stock went up this season, Stef. I guess if making the divisional round with a bunch of no-namers, back-ups, and aging veterans isn’t “winning” I don’t know what is. It shows that the culture, and coaching has changed dramatically, since Norv & AJ left. Not to mention we are trending upward as a team, and were 7 points from beating the Broncos, and going to an AFC Championship (where I think we would have beaten the Patriots, honestly). There isn’t any shame in not beating one of the two best teams in the league with a pieced together roster. If I were a player, that would impress the pants off of me!

    • Sergio Quintero

      I think the perception of free agents and the chargers is neutral to good, the chargers will not get that veteran chasing a ring on the cheap, but they wont get denied because of a bad rap. Lets just say if the money is equal most guys would come here, but they wont give them a discount.

      And because of a less than ideal cap situation no Jimmy Graham’s or Brent Grimes is signing here anytime soon, its solid contributing starters at best.

  • tbell11

    How much money do the Chargers have to work with via FA?

    • Sergio Quintero

      They are basically at the cap, being 731,000 Dlls under the cap, so players must be cut, they are not a grease fire like the cowboys (21.77 million over), Saints (9.4 million plus Jimmy Graham is a free agent), Steelers (11.72 million over), Lions (5 million over).

      Players that probably will be cut or brought back very cheaply:
      Clary (4.55 million in cap savings)
      Royal (4.4 million in cap savings)
      D.Cox (1.65 million in cap savings)
      J.Johnson (2.5 million in cap savings)
      L.McClain (2.5 million in cap savings)
      L.English (1.54 million in cap savings)
      J.Mouton (0.76 million in cap savings)

      7.77 million in Dead money related to Gaither, Meachem & Molk

      The chargers have to consider some creative restructuring for Rivers, Weddle & Gates.

      • Gunnar Martin

        English is already going to be a free agent this year, so we can’t cut him to save money. If it were me, I’d try to restructure Clary, Royal, Freeney, Weddle, and Gates (maybe Rivers), and release Cox, McClain, Mouton, and Bird (wait… is he a FA too?). Hopefully that would be enough to re-sign Butler, Rinehart, Ohrnberger, Stuckey, DX, and Tutu, sign a NT and a few plug-n-players, and leave a little room for our draft picks.

  • chris01

    Drop royal for cluster should get almost the same amount as royal too

    • Gunnar Martin

      Why does everybody want Royal gone??? He’s getting paid probably more than he’s worth, but he’s a big part of our team. He could very well take a pay cut.

  • Peter Thompson

    Terrence Cody PLEASE!!!!! I posted yesterday that I wanted Brandon Williams from the Ravens at Nose Tackle (senior moment.. DUH.. Conor must think I am crazy!)… but THIS is who I really meant. That guy is going to make some team REALLY happy.. I hope we land him.. he’s learned behind one of the best. I know TT wants to build through the draft, but this guy is still young enough, and is ripe for the picking. Immediate impact, and he’s an Alabama boy too!

    • Sergio Quintero

      Young gets paid expensively, Cody and Joseph are going to get paid more than the chargers are probably comfortable with, so you probably are going to be happy with Franklin or Soliai.

  • vct

    Where is the love for fozzy?

    • vct

      Nvm he’s not DA until 2016. Shame…..

  • Pels04

    I would love to bring in Dixon. Unlike some of the guys on here, he is one of the guys i could see his team letting him go. The niners have Lattimore that will be ready next season. Dixon runs hard and has potential to be a #1 rb and i think thats the type of players we need to bring in. He will put pressure on RM24 and that would be a good thing.