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Free Agent Corners that fit the Chargers


Oh the cornerbacks… This is a really touchy subject with the Chargers. Right now it doesn’t look too good, and it was starting to get REALLY ugly in the regular season last year. Like really ugly.

Here’s where we stand now with our current corners. We have Shareece Wright (he’s pretty good, not the best, but acceptable), then there’s Derek Cox (Get your picks up son, and your covering skills too, jeez), Johnny Patrick (He was ok, but we broke him later in the year), Steve Williams (We don’t know how good he is due to his season ending injury last preseason, lets hope he is our defensive Keenan Allen), Richard Marshall (meh), and Crezdon Butler (he won’t be back). Our highest paid free agent acquisition turned out to be the worst… cough cough… Derek Cox and it caused Pagano to bench him for the remainder of the season. He could be back next season, I think he will do better though after this off-season.

Heading into free agency, we have some really good options ahead of us, most of them won’t come cheap, but we need some bang for the buck. Here’s my favorite options in free agency, I’m still looking for players under the age of 29, and can actually ball up better than Cox.

Eric Wright (San Francisco)

Wright is 28 years of age standing at 5′ 10. He is a bit on the smallish side, but he can run.  He is most likely going to be released by the 49ers since he wasn’t too productive for them, but he was a stud with Cleveland. He is really good in man coverage and zone playbooks. He does a great job of jamming receivers at the line of scrimmage and running with them down the field. His biggest problem however is his footwork, he just trips himself up sometimes. If he can polish up those feet, or get newer cleats (haha I joke, I joke) then he can man the other side of the field. He can easily replace Johnny Patrick or Crezdon Butler. Plus, how cool would it be to have 2 Wright’s (Shareece and Eric) on the field at the same time. Call them, “The Wright Brothers”.

Vontae Davis (Indianapolis Colts)

Davis is the perfect combination of speed, athleticism and fluidity when it comes to football. He is a pure athlete, just like his older brother Vernon Davis of the 49ers. He has excellent straight line speed, that would give our defense that quickness Telesco is looking for and he is a solid tackler. There is a chance the Colts will re-sign him this off-season, since he is currently their biggest priority at the moment. But if the Colts let him slide, Telesco needs to get in touch with him quickly, because they have a good connection from Telesco’s days in Indy. He won’t come cheap, but he can easily be our #1 CB and we won’t need to draft a rookie corner in the early rounds of the draft.

Alterraun Verner (Tennessee Titans)

Verner is another really good corner at the ripe age of 25. He is also very quick and very physical, he has no problem getting into the receivers face. He does a great job at blitzing, playing zone and is even better at man coverage. His biggest issues is his tackling, he is not the greatest but if he can polish his technique, he can be our #1 CB as well. Lets just hope Tennessee is feeling cheap and lets him go into free agency.

Walter Thurmond III (Seattle Seahawks)

Anybody from Seattle’s Super Bowl defense should be decent enough for the Chargers. Thurmond is another quick versitile corner that has great size and instincts. He has great ball skills and does a great job of sticking to his receivers. He can man the slot for us if Cox decides to be a better player for us in 2014, and he could probably give Shareece Wright a little challenge for the CB 2 spot. His biggest issues are injury concerns, his knee is the main concern and he has been suspended in the past as well.

There you have it, those are my corners headed into free agency, some other notable mentions the Chargers should show interest in would include Sam Shields or Corey Graham. But other than that, keep an eye out for the guys listed above.

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  • blu3ny3llow

    I like Vontae Davis out of all those but pretty sure Indy gonna sign him back

    • Julien Bélair

      we are not in the market for a CB like Davis. Look on another direction… Brown, Thurmond or Graham

      • blu3ny3llow

        OK I guess our opinion is right n mine is wrong……just stating who I like..Thurmond is a beast though

        • Julien Bélair

          haha calm down I was not rude to you. But to me it’s like saying I want us to draft sammy watkins

  • Marcel West-Bailey

    I’d like Walter Thurmond from Seattle. Not necessarily because he’ll come and in and we’ll all assume he’ll unlock the treasure chest that is the Seahawks D and we’ll be transported to a magical land of excellent pass coverage but he was drafted by the Seahawks and they like a certain type of player. One that has a little attitude, a little grit, something I think the Chargers’ secondary needs.

  • lilHurricane

    Im hearing alot of cory Webster’s name out there. A player I wouldn’t mind is Chris cook if he does not re-sign with the Vikings.

    • Sergio Quintero

      Cook is a big pass for me, he sounds good on paper the size & speed, but the guy was competing with Cox for the worst CB in the league, if I remember right because Cox didn’t play enough, so Cook allowed the highest pass rating in the league for 2013.

      • lilHurricane

        The guy will be cheap plus he can play the 4 spot. Then draft a cornerback and there you go. Wright, cox, Williams, john doe and cook. Cox is going to have to lose his job for the rookie to take his spot. We still don’t know about Steve Williams theirs a lot to think about.

        • Sergio Quintero

          If he’s a 4th corner, I’ll just take Richard Marshall as solid but unspectacular backup guy.

          • Julien Bélair

            this

  • Sergio Quintero

    Take Davis & Verner off the list, they will massively break the bank or be franchised, be boring look for starters not stars.

    Add solid but boring starters like Tarrell Brown & Corey Graham, to chase Davis, Verner & Shields they would have to cut: Clary, Royal, Jarrett Johnson plus the obvious cuts, and get creative with Rivers, Gates & Weddle and the chargers don’t like pushing money into the future.

    • Julien Bélair

      Brown, Graham or Thrumond are my top 3 choices

      • Sergio Quintero

        I really like Shields but my guess is 7 million+, that leaves basically no money to find a NT, because the draft is deep in corners I actually get NT first then look for a corner.

        New name to consider for NT, Seattle just released Red Bryant, has played 4-3 but he’s 340 lbs of immovable object.

        • Julien Bélair

          I like shield too but I put him with Davis and Verner pretty much not affordable.

          I want us to take our money to buy a true Nt Joseph or Bryant. Then low name but good player Cb in FA but no big money a la Cox again.

  • sditalianman

    Obviously Verner or V. Davis would be a great addition, but let’s be real… I’d scratch off the first 3 names on that list… Thurmond III or Corey Graham would more of our market, Sam Shields is possible and probably best fits what were looking for!

    • Sergio Quintero

      I would love Shields, but a corner that can truly matchup with elite WR’s sounds expensive, agree about Thurmond and Graham, cost-production sounds about right.

    • Julien Bélair

      and Tarell Brown from the 49ers ! No ones are talking about him but the guy is physical and very good. He could come cheap

  • Gunnar Martin

    I think I’ll be fine with passing on a corner in FA because Jason Verrett is really growing on me. He fits Pag’s scheme where the corners play way off the receiver, but he also has great technique and quickness. His ball skills are pretty impressive. If he was in inch or two taller he would definitely be competing with Gilbert for the top spot in the rankings. He would help the defense a ton.

    • Sergio Quintero

      Everybody wants the Seattle model, but at the end of the day good players come in all shapes in sizes. Verrett reminds me a lot of Brent Grimes, almost identical physical skill set.

      • Gunnar Martin

        Reminds me a lot of Alterraun Verner. Either way, there’s a good chance he ends up being a great player.

        • Sergio Quintero

          Verner is really going to get paid, love to get him back SoCal but the chargers cap from everything I have read is not good.

          • Gunnar Martin

            Point is, we could get his carbon copy with our first round pick.

    • Julien Bélair

      he is a stud

    • Nick Mansoor

      Verrett would be a great addition. he has great potential to actually be someone. If the Chargers sign a good free agent CB them it looks like we won’t draft a CB early in the draft.

    • CALiFORNiAkiD

      The last TCU player we drafted turned out to be the greatest Charger ever.

      Why not!

      • Gunnar Martin

        Seriously though. Doesn’t sound like a bad idea to me!

  • Julien Bélair

    I don’t why no one is talking about him but what about Brown… the 49ers’ corner

    • Sergio Quintero

      I’m there with you, you can buy a couple of years with him and whoever you take in the 1-2 round will be ready by 2016, and play slot and backup for now.

      • Julien Bélair

        Yeah it seems like a TT type of signing. Not a big name but a player who can contribute immediately while you are growing your own player.

  • Dave

    I am sorry but our defense needs to be more physical which is something that they lacked last year. A corner like Grimes is perfect, but I would rather draft one and have them compete for starting spots.

  • Will

    I’ve been saying jason verrett for months and you all complained and said no, he’s not that good, he’s too smalll, but now that some people have mocked him to the chargers, now he’s the best thing since sliced bread right?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      WILL IS ALWAYS RIGHT.

    • Nick Mansoor

      I’ll admit, I’m one of those people lol

  • gpack17

    dont get me wrong i really like verrett..but really really would like to get stanley jean-baptiste especailly if we could get him in rounds 2 or 3…we have needs at the nose, guard, wr, olb, and possibly safety spot so if we could get a good valuable corner in the 2nd or 3rd round then we can get more bang for our buck with our picks kind of like we did last year essentially getting 3 first rounders.

  • rell dogg

    I think we should get vontae Davis