Possible Targets For Free Agency & The Draft

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Nov 10, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner (20) intercepts a pass from Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne (7) (not pictured) during the second half at LP Field. Jacksonville won 29-27. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 10, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner (20) intercepts a pass from Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne (7) (not pictured) during the second half at LP Field. Jacksonville won 29-27. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Tomorrow is the official start of free agency. Ever since our exit from the divisional round of the playoffs (and possibly as early as the Miami regular season loss), Charger fans have been looking forward to Free Agency & the draft to see how Tom Telesco might be able to bolster the roster. There are quite a few holes, and only so much can be done to fill them. Telesco will most likely look to the draft to find the “long-term” solution at a certain position(s), and look to free agency to find a bargain on players that might be able to help the team immediately. Mainly, I am going to address free agency first, as it is tomorrow. But, I will throw in a draft pick that I like here & there… maybe take a stab at what players I think we should target, if they are available when we pick. To keep it simple, I am going to look at nose tackle, cornerback, offensive line, wide receiver, running back, and outside linebacker.

First of all, I am going to address the strong safety position right now, and call it a day. Mainly, for fear that the comments section will turn into a Jahleel Addae love-fest.. which is totally cool, and it’s clear that the Chargers will probably put him in as the starter in 2014. However, depth & competition MUST be added at that position, even if Addae is “the guy”. Taylor is still a question mark, and having Gilchrist at strong safety… well, I will just say that he is not the solution, nor do I consider him to be quality SS depth. He should stick with playing CB, and play safety sparingly, if at all. I don’t care what round, or who they might sign. Something simply has to be done at the position this offseason.

Now, let’s move on to the meat & potatoes.

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  • Julien Bélair

    ”for fear that the comments section will turn into a Jahleel Addae love-fest”

    haha very funny and also true

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

      I knew you would like that = )

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        Have you seen his twitter he’s so buff he’s got to be the starter =p

        • Julien Bélair

          Loooove him

      • Julien Bélair

        I feel like you write that line for me haha to shut me up on that subject :P

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

          Nah… there are tons of Addae fans on here.. it was a general statement, quite honestly.

          • Julien Bélair

            I know I know

  • Julien Bélair

    I am holding my breath for Soliai or Joseph I’m an optimistic ! But Cody could end up being a smart not expensive pick up

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

      That’s kinda where I am at.

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        sign me up too

  • Gunnar Martin

    You have no idea how badly I’ve missed your articles Pete.

    • Julien Bélair

      yep always great reads

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i would get jealous…. but i miss Pete also. hahaha

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

        Awww… I feel blessed ; )

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

      Thanks Gunnar. I have had such a hectic schedule since 2014 started. Plus, everyone else was doing such a great job. Figured I would wait until the day before free agency, give my wish-list, and run for the hills as people shoot it down.. hahaha.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        hahahahaha… .every and all ideas are SHOT DOWN by someone.

  • Tazzster

    Saw this in an article… good advice. I know we all see those top guys in FA and want to put them on our team, but as a general rule… top free agents are way overpaid.
    1. Try to bring back your own: You know what you have. You know what they can do. Do your best to get them back ­­ if you want them on the roster.

    2. Don’t get sentimental: While it’s smart to keep your own, don’t keep them if they are coming to the end just because they’ve been a part of your team. Cutting ties at the right time is an art for a GM.

    3. Never sign a running back from another team: Yeah, Seattle got away with it by trading for Marshawn Lynch. But too many times the player has been beaten up and it’s not worth it. Don’t do it. Sorry, Ben Tate.

    4. Don’t sign players 30 or older to long-­term deals: The value won’t be there, no matter what you might think.

    5. Look for players ready to take off: Maybe a third receiver or nickel corner ready to be a starter. That’s where you get value.

    6. Don’t overpay based on need: Yes, you want to fill the spot. But spending too much to do so can bite a team in the butt.

    7. Don’t spend just to spend: That’s just fiscal irresponsibility. Cap room should not mean cap stupidity.

    8. Be wary of QBs who flash for short periods: They usually aren’t your franchise passer, no matter how you might try to evaluate them. So don’t get all warm and fuzzy over the Matt Flynns and Matt Cassels of the league. They are what they are.

    9. Sign two or three cheap linemen: You want them in camp to compete. The more bodies you have fighting for spots on the line, the better. Offensive linemen sometimes are late bloomers, particularly inside.

    10. Wait on bargains: Unless you get a premier offensive lineman, corner or pass rusher, let the market play out. Then jump in and get bargain later.

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      Can I call this the Tazzster 10?

      • Tazzster

        Yes. And you can also forward it to TT, but I got a feeling he already knows this 10…. and probably has a few other golden nuggets to add to it.

  • kris

    Dude, you should know most of those corners other than graham and browner are probably out of price range. I wouldn’t mind taking browner on a cheap prove it deal and drafting verret, dennard, or fuller in the draft. We should retain ohrnberger and marshall. Resign clary for cheap or ax him. Release ronnie brown. I would also like to see us make a play on Hakeem Nicks and Cody. I feel like our top three needs are corner, nt, and a big body receiver.

    • Julien Bélair

      Nicks… injury prone who doesn’t know how to get in the end zone anymore…. I’ll pass

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

        1. Alterraun Verner – He is a pro-bowl starting caliber #1 CB, had the best year out of all these guys, and that’s all that needs to be said.
        2. Talib – I know people don’t like his attitude, that he is not worth the money, is inconsistent, and say that he doesn’t fit our scheme.. yadda yadda.. but, it’s been so long since we have had a CB with ANY kind of attitude whatsoever, that I don’t think it would destroy the locker room. Also, how inconsistent have our CB’s been anyway. If Talib played 10 or 11 consistent games, that would be a major upgrade. At least Talib could put some fear into opposing WR’s & QB’s.
        3. Corey Graham – But, I get this feeling Baltimore matches whatever someone else offers.
        4. Vontae Davis – Becuase he can start, and I bet Telesco likes him.
        5. Captain Munnerlyn – He ain’t the best on this list, but he can cover someone. If we go with him I would suggest drafting a CB in the first.

        • Julien Bélair

          Graham over Davis interesting. what are your thoughts on Brown from 49ers ?

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

            He had 4 INT’s. Davis only had one, I think. His stats seem to be tapering off since his Miami days.

          • Julien Bélair

            ok… anyway we need a Cb that fits Pagano schem so who ever fits best I will be pleased

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

            I know this sounds unrealistic.. but, I couldn’t care less what Pagano’s scheme is. Make HIM adjust, and just get a good CB in here. I’m not even sure Pagano and his scheme will be here next season.. if he can’t make his schemes work for his talent, then that’s his problem. He won’t be here long if that’s the case. I’m not really committed to anyone in the backfield right now, so why not shake up the scheme? Get a worthwhile talent in here, and then figure out what scheme you’re secondary will run. Joe D is a zone guy, but he didn’t force zone blocking down or throats of it wasn’t his players during point. He did whatever it took to get the players he had to perform to their talents well. Pagano should too.. or get him out of here.

          • Julien Bélair

            I’m with you on that and this is basically what we did on offence. Bring good players and then make them in position to succeed. But on defence we seems to have to issues when we try to do that. Is it Paganos’ fault ? I don’t know

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

            I wouldn’t kick him out of bed, I suppose. He had a down season last year. Was he injured? Is he the kind of CB that will define your backfield? Not sure. Maybe.

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

        I think he can get it done in SD. I really do.

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

      Have you seen our salary cap situation for next season? Not sure anyone is out of our price range at this point. It’s time we stopped messing around with the #1 CB position, and get someone with some proven coverage ability in there. All the quick fixes have been a total failure. Actually, the only cornerback on the roster that I am really that excited for is Steven Williams, because he hasn’t proved to be simply average yet = /

      • Julien Bélair

        Lets say we have a lot of cap space, I wonder who would you want at CB ? make a list from 1 to 5 :)

      • kris

        How does our cap next year affect us now?

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

          Signing bonuses.

  • Tazzster

    I expect the Chargers to do what they did last year…

    1. Sign some free agent leftovers to come in and compete for spots. These will be marginal guys that they think are coachable and will work in their scheme. (King Dunlap, Danny Woodhead types – players that not a lot of other teams are really interested in.)

    2. Draft guys that play football.

    3. Sign some guys who dont get drafted to add to the pool of people competing for spots.

    Watch for cream to rise to the top….

  • Julien Bélair

    The only good thing about Clary is that he can play RG and RT also ood leader and locker guy. If they think it is worth keeping him…well I trust them. Also keep our O-line intact does worth something.

    CB….. we don’t have the money for a big name … we will probably just take Thurmond or browner … The biggest name we will get IMO is Terrel Brown from the 49ers.

    Zach martin would be an awesome pick at 25 period.

    Wr bring a vet… I like James Jones cause he is a TD maker. But you have to draft a Wr that is fast and that is able to do returns

  • Julien Bélair

    I hate Ealy he is no motor what so ever

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i thought i was one of the few that hate Ealy. thank goodness.

      • Julien Bélair

        wow you are with me on that one … feels good ! I don’t get the hype

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Good stuff Peter, 2 pallets of cheetos for you my friend. I’m looking forward to the Rinarts & Dunlaps of the world that we will be looking to bring in like last year. I remember when Rinart then Orhenburger then Dunlap were signed we were all like Whaaaaaaaaaaaat? and Whoooooooooooo? then they turned out to be pretty bad ass dudes. Signing Woodhead was the one that came out of no where made everyone really happy lol. Can’t wait for all the moves!

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

      Lol.. 2 pallets? That’s a lot of orange fingers… lol.

  • chris01

    Sorry off topic
    But broncos are favriots to land jared allen and tj ward damn……
    Ward kinda scares me
    Allen could also be useful

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      So Phillips out – Allen in? Oi, Imagine a Allen & Miller lead pass rush? Then add Ward? lol not so cool man. I love Allen but I’m sure we have no shot.

      • Julien Bélair

        They can add the high profiles players they want they won’t win a SB

      • chris01

        Yea i like him to but hes not gonna want to come here for his last years

  • TMcC

    What’s the thought of bringing in Steve Smiff if the panthers release him? Him and Allen play with anger and attitude. Would be a great mentor for Allen and maybe light a fire under Vincent

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

      He’s old is the problem. 34 is old.

  • Marcel West-Bailey

    Brandon Browner!!! We have DB’s that can fill until he gets back. If he would miss those games and come back and ask for a gib contact, screw it but I think he knows he has to come back and prove himself. We need to get on S.P.U.D. ; Support Players Using Drugs

    • Julien Bélair

      I support that sign

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

      I’m cool with Browner. TT may not be.

      • Marcel West-Bailey

        Well then he needs to get involved in SPUD too. If Telesco is feeling bold this offseason we could seriously be a top tier team again. I wan to see him make a gamble this offseason. Sign a wild card x factor player. I’d also like to see McCoy make some bolder choices on play calling but we’ll wait for the season to start for that.

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

          I can’t see them moving forward without a proven veteran #1 CB. Especially if they think they are going to take the division. Name the last shut-down corner we had.

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            True. I think it’s said that FA is for temporary fixes and the draft is for long term fixes. I suspect him drafting a corner to play alongside a veteran and then coaching Stevie Williams into the team. Well that’s what I would do. They might just draft corner and then put him beside Wright. I don’t know. Ummmm…uhhh. Whe is Derek Cox? lol My best guess would be Quentin Jammer. Wouldn’t call him lockdown but he’s the best we’ve had in as while.

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

            And that speaks volumes that Jammer is the best CB we can point out. He was mostly described as serviceable. I am begging TT… SIGN A GOOD CORNERBACK!!!!

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            Sounds like you should go to Charger Park and pay him a visit

  • Eli Rodriguez

    What is the chargers Current Cap for this season? Is there any possible way to sign Verner or other players?

    • Marcel West-Bailey

      I think it’s about 7.5 mil right now

  • Marcel West-Bailey

    Soooo I just read if the Bucs can’t trade Revis by Wednesday they are going to release him. He’s on the older side but I wouldn’t call him old and we all know what he can do. Give him a 10-15 million dollar signing bonus with a long term contract that starts paying him big bucks next year since we’ll have the money then and he can live on the signing bonus this year.

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

      Sure, why not? Regis island is a real place… that would be welcome in SD.

      • Marcel West-Bailey

        And when he makes a play, call it the lightning storm! Yeah! No?…Anyone?…Ok…come back to me, I can do better

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

          Lightning storm works = D

  • Lee

    would love williams out of BC. that would be one hell of a backfield

    • Lee

      and i think we should go for kyle fuller. that dude is a beast at coverage

  • RZ

    I think Dontrell Inman WR and Cordarro Law OLB were great pickups earlier for The Boltz.I see them making a big impact for both Offence & Defence.

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

      Technically, Mike Willie & Dan DePalma are still on the squad too. They held onto them for something, right?

      • RZ

        Yes sir…I like DePalma,it’s looking like some decent depth for the WR’s…I think they draft another one and have them fight it out in training camp.Should be fun!

  • Nick in PB

    Peter, so glad to see you back writing again! I am worried that TT was feeling burned with the Cox deal. Hard to say how he’s going to spend FA dollars this season. My guess, nothing big. I like your article for pointing out the players the Chargers might actually go after. There are some good choices with those second tier type of players and he had a lot of success with those types of guys… Dunlap, Rinehart and Woodhead.

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

      I have actually requested a top tier interview. Let’s see if we can get some love from the Chargers <3