San Diego Chargers Offseason Gameplan

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Nov 3, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams (71) blocks San Diego Chargers defensive end Sean Lissemore (98) at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Who knows what the San Diego Chargers gameplan is going to be going into free agency. Last season they had a much higher draft spot and a million holes that they needed to plug away at. The amount of holes on the roster are not as plentiful as they were a season ago, so the team can focus in on those areas of need going into the draft.

Looking at the roster right now, the biggest areas of need are at the nose tackle position and at the corner spot. Those are areas that we instantly want to upgrade. The other spots on the roster are not as desperate. Jahleeel Addae can man one safety spot. The pass rushing need is still there, but we can work with Dwight Freeney and Melvin Ingram on the outside with Jarret Johnson and some added depth at the position. If we start the season with the same offensive line as we did last season, it wouldn’t be a terrible thing.

Find that corner and nose through free agency. Both positions are tough to fill with rookies. Those positions usually take some time to grow into and we should find some experienced players that can
get the job done for us now. At the corner spot, bring in a veteran that can play on the outside. Bring in a Sam Shields or something like that. We are not going to bring in the top guy, but we should be able to bring in someone who can lock it down for a few seasons.

At the nose tackle position, bring in a vet that can hold it down for a couple of seasons. Even Aubrayo Franklin would be better than anything we had on the roster last season. There was a reason why our defense played better the season before with Frankling plugging up the middle. Bring in someone who knows how to play the position. His name doesn’t have to be flashy. He just needs to get the job done. That is what the nose position is all about.

Once you find those guys in free agency, that opens up the world in the NFL Draft. You don’t have to take a corner with the top pick. You can truly go into that draft and select a stud that can help on either side of the ball. We can find playmakers. We can focus on adding some speed onto the roster. We can bring in a stud wide receiver at the top of the draft. We can bring in a stud offensive lineman at the top of the draft. We don’t have to be pigeonholed into selecting a certain positon with our draft picks.

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  • Julien Bélair

    I watched some tape of zach Martin and I was very impress. He could start and be very good at G and he could becone our future LT. I like him a lot. I know it is not a sexy pick but if he falls to us I think he would be a smart choice

    • Sergio Quintero

      If they nail down the CB, NT situation any position is truly open for the first round, I hear people give the small arm argument on Martin, if the CFB leader in sacks Trent Murphy tells you he’s the best the OT I faced in my careet then he probably can play Left Tackle.

  • Calman21

    Here is TT’s strategy in Free Agency, get solid (not spectacular players) for a reasonable price, while everyone else is backing up the money truck. It was pretty much how he operated last off season and how he will operate this off season.

    • Derek

      But spending major $ wasn’t an option then at the end of the day Tt is a new gm and as he makes moves we learn about him. This gives him an advantage over other gm’s and leaves us completely in the dark. In summation he hasn’t made enough moves for anybody to say he is gonna look at draft or free agency like this

      • Calman21

        Past history and his words plus our current cap number means that it is likely to approach FA and the draft in the same general mindset as last time. In other words, a lot of value signings and maybe 1 medium sized FA fish. He has already said he goes after BPA and I don’t see why he wouldn’t (unless our need is desperate, but good GMs don’t let their teams get into that situation often)..

  • C.Steele

    I think your right. We get a NT and CB (even bring back marshall) TT takes best players available.

  • Sergio Quintero

    The strategy in free agency is completely related to how much they want to affect their salary cap in 2015, I was reading that the chargers should well above 40 million in cap space in 2015. So if they pay heavy bonuses with very salary to a free agent, like they are doing with Butler and move heavier salary to next year, guys like Verner & Shields are actually still on the table, but I’m not convinced any protege of Polian wants to spend heavy money on free agency.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      but, telesco did learn a lot from grigson before he left and did like what he was doing there. look at what grigson does for that team now. not afraid to make a big move

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        he is young and impressionable… haha

        • Sergio Quintero

          Only 66 million is used of 2015 cap, according to over the cap:

          http://overthecap.com/teamcap.php?Team=Chargers&Year=2015

          Even then it includes 5 million by Johnson & 5.9 to Gates, that sure sounds like a whole lot of room. The cap number is 133 million in 2014, let say it rises just to 135, that’s still almost 70 million.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            all that dead money is gone!!!! finally!

            Floyd might be coming off of the books as well. Still would have to pay a couple of guys that are becoming free agents and i wonder if telesco will work on those deals this offseason as well. Ryan mathews and corey liuget are both free at the end of the year .

          • Sergio Quintero

            Liuget & Woodhead are must signings, Mathews depends on his health & production but I would, Gilchrist was useful enough I would resign as well.

      • Sergio Quintero

        That’s one year, to years of training, hey I’m saying spend some money, you have 40-50 million credit of 2015 cap space use it.

    • Gunnar Martin

      Did you watch Gennaro-ly Speaking last night??

      • Sergio Quintero

        A friend of mine suggested I watch his latest episode, I normally think the guy is little too cocky and not open to other people’s opinion, but the guy is very smart. After watching it I checked the utforums & over the cap and the guy is correct the chargers have massive cap space for 2015.

        I don’t agree with everything he says or the rest of bftb, for an example Gennaro has little or no respect for Shareece Wright, while I don’t think he’s a star, he has the makings of a damn solid no.2 corner. The boys at bftb love the DVOA evaluation a little too much for my blood.

        • Gunnar Martin

          I did notice how much he dislikes Wright. I agree with you, he has very solid potential as a starter in the NFL. Gennaro argued that he made zero progress towards the end of the season, but I completely disagree. But besides that, I very much enjoy his analysis.

  • Sergio Quintero

    Off the 2015 cap: Hardwick, Clary, Freeney, Gaither, Meachem, Royal, Mathews, Woodhead. With Gates & Johnson staring at very possible cuts. With a cap rising the space for 2015 could exceed 50 million if no major investments are made in free agency this year.

    • Gunnar Martin

      Saw that too. That really helps us with our FAs this year because we can spread their cap hit over to next season. I think we’ll be able to sign better guys than most people are expecting right now…

  • RZ

    Maybe Pat Sims NT from Oaktown..he would be a bargain FA. Just putting it out there.

    • Derek

      Thought he was a 4-3 dt u sure he can transition?

      • RZ

        They played a 4-3 Base on D, but they mixed in a lot of 3-4 looks and Sims was in there on both.He was their NT when they would change up so I believe he would be able to transition into a full time NT easily.

        • Derek

          Hmmm I’d try him at the right price raiders did have a good run defense. But only if established nt’s were out of our reach like solai or Joseph. I don’t think nix is a 1st rd pick and it’s a maybe that he’ll even fall to us so I hope Tt is looking nt over cb

          • RZ

            Absolutely only for the right price..

  • navw21

    Have you guys been looking at ESPN’s FA Tracker by Bill Polian. I think his grades are gonna be similar to TT’s because that is who Tom learned from. I’m hoping that Alterraun Verner (B-) and Linval Joseph (C) are both players we could afford.

    B grade $2-6 million Annual Average Value, 2 years or fewer guaranteed money

    C grade $2 million or less Annual Average Value, 2 years or fewer guaranteed money

    • Derek

      Is that exclusive to members only?

      • navw21

        I think you do have to be an insider

  • 619chargers4life

    Clary still on the same contract baffles me at this point .

  • Nick in PB

    Ernie, you totally got that one right! If we can address those positions through FA then we will be set for the kind of draft TT likes. Take the best player (value) at the Chargers draft spot. Even if we do, I still think you draft a corner at the 1 or 2 spot. Pass rusher at the other 1 or 2 spot. But if one of those top WR’s falls to our spot, hard to pass up. We’d have many options. I think TT will get it done.