Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers cornerback Richard Marshall (31) reacts following the loss to the Denver Broncos during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the San Diego Chargers 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Will Richard Marshall Be The Chargers Next Signing?


Richard Marshall should be the next name that the San Diego Chargers work on in free agency. He is set to become a free agent on Tuesday and will be free to sign on with any team. He is a solid veteran that can be used as a starter on the roster. He is good depth for the team and needs to be brought back to provide that depth in the secondary.

The defense struggled in the secondary last season with Derek Cox as the starter and it was better with Marshall as the starter, but still had their share of problems. Marshall might not be the best player available to start at corner for the team, but he is a veteran that can give the team some reps at the starter position. He is a good insurance policy for the team.

The Chargers still need to find corners on the roster. Without Marshall on the team, Steve Williams and Crezdon Butler get thrust into action as the next men up on the depth chart. They have barely any experience on the field. The team cannot go into the season without any depth at the position.

If the team doesn’t go with Marshall in the secondary, then the Chargers will need to find some depth in free agency. We already have seen what the price tag has been for corners this season. Sam Shields set the bar high this offseason and other corners will be looking to get some of that pie.

Tom Telesco and the Chargers have done a good job of bringing back their free agents. They just re-signed Chad Rinehart for the offensive line and the next signing should be focused on Marshall.

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  • J.C. Ortiz

    The Chargers need to upgrade the secondary, not bring it back intact. They can do better than Richard Marshall.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      upgrade in the secondary is one thing… but keeping him on the roster as depth would be an upgrade

      • Julien Bélair

        He is a good depth CB that’s for sure but nothing more IMO

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          i wouldnt want him back as the starter. he can compete for that spot, but i wouldnt give him that job

    • Tazzster

      I agree! I want an upgrade.

    • arnie

      The Chargers don’t have the cap space for that “upgrade”. To rely on a draft pick to come in and be awesome at CB is a 50/50 shot at best. Marshall is good option “right now”. When he played Marshall stabilized the position, and stopped the bleeding that cox left. Also this would allow any young future CB the Chargers draft, to develop under a veteran, and compete for his job.

  • Anthony95

    TT needs to sign Marshall and Ohrmberger. Then in FA I would love him to get some depth on OL and sign Dexter McCluster or Devin Hester which would severely improve our return game.

    From there, draft Nix in RD 1, a CB in R2, then WR and RB in Rounds 3 & 4.

    IMO – That would make SD a contender to win the division and go deep into playoffs.

    • nate lew

      Royal’s restructure makes me doubt they’ll look at little speedsters like that in FA. We need a better KR than last years tandem but I hope to god we don’t shell out millions in FA for that tiny roll. If we spend on WR it should be a taller target that can stretch the field.

      • Anthony95

        McCluster and Hester are game changers and TT mentioned speed and the return game specifically when talking about needs. Both guys fit that need. Hester with age will probably command less but McCluster could also be used as a gadget guy and if Woodhead got hurt he could step in to take some of his role as well.

        If not, then TT will have to draft a #2 WR and then grab either another WR for KR duties or the RB he selects would have to handle those duties which limits the type of RB we can draft.

  • Julien Bélair

    we have a lot of possibility at CB position. It depends of Pagano on this one. I think there is better option out there

  • Tazzster

    Ohrnberger first!

    • Julien Bélair

      agreed

      • arnie

        Nope. Chargers already have option on the roster at back-up center/guard. Without Marshall ther is “nobody” opposite Wright.

        • Julien Bélair

          Who is the back-up center

  • Nick Mansoor

    I would keep him and let him man the slot, and compete for 3rd string with Gilchrist he can play safety too and I don’t know why Pagano didn’t give him a shot over Gilchrist.

  • nate lew

    Shareece Wright and Steve Williams have boat loads more potential than Richard Marshall. Johnny Patrick probably played just as well in limited action, why not give Cox a chance? OVERHAUL! There were a few games last year where I swear on god I’d be more aggressive jumping out routes than Cox, his hips look as stiff as his last name which corners me about TT’s scouting ability at DB. I love every move he’s made thus far this season but I have doubts he’ll be able to find a quality CB in both FA and the draft this year which it looks like they’re aiming to do. If we find at least one good to great starter this season I’ll be ecstatic.

    • Anthony95

      Regarding CB – Wright will be CB 2, Williams is a slot guy, which leaves Gilchrest & Addae at SS and Weddle at FS. Marshall will be purely depth and special teams.

      TT picking Cox last year was praised as a great move, Cox was rated high and was one of the top CB available in FA in 2013. Cox just simply played horrible but we can’t fault TT as every indication was he would continue to be a solid CB and it just didn’t happen. So, he moved on which is great that he can admit a mistake.

      TT will now draft a CB early in the draft as there are several starter worthy CBs in the draft.

      NT is a bigger concern as SD runs a 3-4 meaning there are a limited number of guys that can play it effectively. Nix is the best bet but there might be two others in draft who could do it. Otherwise we gotta get one of 2-3 in FA. If not, we will again have a D Line that will be poorly ranked by seasons end.

  • JoseSD

    I couldn’t believe the amount of money the Packers gave Sam Shields, completely screwed up the market, I dont think Marshall is worth keeping though. Maybe get a CB like Chris Cook extremely athletic but kind of an underachiever , like King Dunlap he could flourish with a change of scenery

    • Stefanie Smith

      I agree. Wait until the Raiders’ GM overspends trying to keep his job. Raiders are going to really skew the market out there also.

  • Sergio Quintero

    He’s a good signing to do what he was intended to do last year, be the backup to the outside starting corners.

    The chargers need a starter opposite Wright, ideally a no.1 corner to have Wright play the complementary corner, until something very important happens, the chargers pick at 25 is either going to be Verrett or Fuller.

    • Anthony95

      NO TO VERRETT!!!! He is like 5’9″ and every analyst you see says he’s going to be a slot corner in the NFL. Talented yes, but too small. Out of the top 15 rated CB last year only 3 were under 5’11″. Its just about odds of a successful transition from college to NFL.

      Just like how Tebow was incredible in college, his skill set didn’t translate into the NFL. Now that is an extreme example but the point is the same.

      Fuller, Jean Baptiste, Roby, Desir, Gaines, Goodson, Watkins, Jackson, McGill. Those are the guys SD will be targeting in round 2. With Nix hopefully falling in Round 1.

      Looking at some late mock drafts they have Nix falling close to 25 or to 25.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        then what happens if nix is not there? Screwed at the nose for another season?

        • Anthony95

          There are maybe three others we could be fine getting: Hageman, McCullers, Beau Allen. Hageman will go in RD 1 or 2 so at 25 that is ok however, if Nix isn’t there in RD 1 we go get Fuller.

          Then if Hageman is falling in RD 2 we trade up in RD 2 to grab him. Unless TT is confident in Allen or McCullers.

      • Sergio Quintero

        Verner & Grimes are both 5’9, good players come in all shapes & sizes, with Pagano he’s obsessed with off coverage, which basically requires excellent route recognition, zone coverage skill, and excellent feet, all skill set related to small corners.

        Pagano’s coverage is as far from Seattle physical press coverage as it gets, with his scheme you are actually benefiting from having small corners, if they can tackle. You can say Pagano should catch up with the times, have you seen any sign of him backing off that style, the chargers signed Cox and his specialty was press coverage, and the chargers still stayed with an off coverage at 85% of the time.

        • Anthony95

          Brent Grimes is 5’10″ to be specific and is one of the three guys under 5’11″ in the top 15 CBs in the NFL.

          Expecting any CB drafted to be a top 15 guy is a tall order. By further expecting an undersized CB to do that is asking a lot. We already have a slot guy, Williams, so we need a bigger CB especially in our division and with our schedule this year.

          vs Den (2) – Thomas
          vs Ari – Fitz
          vs SF – Crabtree
          vs Jax – Shorts
          vs Mia – Wallace

          We have 6 games right there that we don’t match-up well with if Verrett is our #1 CB. If we have a guy that can match-up with these WRs plus a cog at NT with our current roster on defense we would be a very improved defense.

          • Sergio Quintero

            You may believe that, but Telesco certainly has history of drafting small corners, in Indy he was involved in the drafting of Tim Jennings (5’8), Jerraud Powers (5’9.5), and recently Williams (5’8).

            Its the same argument I made to another poster, he was arguing that the chargers need another safety high, it not that disagreed with him, but Telesco in his most recent radio interview was practically gushing about their Safety depth, along the same lines this is a guy with a history of drafting small corners.

          • Anthony95

            Lets look at those guys. Powers started at right CB for IND, started 12 games in his rookie year 2009 then inactive for last four. In 2010 and 2011 he got injured and ended up on IR. Jennings was rated one of the bottom 5 CBs in the NFL his last year with IND. Though he has done better in Chicago.

            Williams hasn’t played and TT drafted him expecting him to play slot as does Pagano.

            So, if TT has a need at slot or nickel CB yes he will draft a smaller guy. If not, he will be drafting one of the bigger CBs.

            One of the issues of a small CB on the outside is also in run support. They have to be able to tackle and take a hit vs a much bigger back. That leads to more injuries.

            Again, its a risk vs reward and an odds of success thing that I am looking at.

          • Calman21

            Not to put a damper on this (because I am not a fan of drafting Verrett), but we do have a corner big enough to cover these guys (if possibly not fast enough). If needed Wright could cover these guys…not a perfect fit but he is big enough to.

        • tbell11

          For Pagano’s defense, who described the skill set of Fuller so there’s our 1st round pick if Nix is gone.

  • chargers760

    Why don’t we sign Antonio cromartie back

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      he really doesn’t fit in Pagano’s defense. He would struggle worse in this defense.

      • Calman21

        Something about him not liking contact.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          that definitely is a big part of it.

        • Stefanie Smith

          That is old stuff. AJ stuff. He played pretty good for the Jets. He didn’t do so well last year as he was injured.

    • Gunnar Martin

      NO. Just… no.

    • CALiFORNiAkiD

      Why not.

      Cromartie has matured a lot since his san diego days.
      And would help us out, were we need help the most.

  • Alex Pitrofsky

    I really hope they don’t resign him. We can do better

  • Calman21

    Marshall will be a good depth signing, but they shouldn’t rely on him to be the starter (barring injury).

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    deepest draft class in awhile and also deepest free agency class I’ve ever seen.
    With so many good players also getting released, the Chargers are in good position to capitalize.

    I honestly can’t wait to see what Telesco does.

  • Stefanie Smith

    What does everyone think about Carlos Rogers? 9ers are releasing him. Or Tillman? Costs too much?

    • JoseSD

      I think both guys are entering their mid 30s too. Rogers gets burned a lot and drops interceptions. Tillman had a good year 2 seasons ago but that was cause he forced like 8 fumbles. His coverage skills declined this past season after Lovie Smith was fired and he was out of the Tampa 2 system. Out of the two id rather see Rogers. But honestly id prefer if they signed a Guy like Walter Thurmond

    • Gunnar Martin

      I would be fine with bringing in Rogers on a short term deal. Kind of a stop-gap player at this point with valuable experience. Also not bad that he was a Pro Bowler not too long ago.

  • Gunnar Martin

    If it were me, I’d let him test free agency, go through the whole draft process, and re-evaluate. If he is still unsigned and we don’t have much depth/experience at the corner position, then I’d bring him back.

  • Joel Ayala

    Marshall is decent depth to keep. Sign him TT.

  • tbell11

    I think the Chargers will draft a CB and sign one via FA. The Chargers will wait and see how FA goes and if everyone gets too expensive then bringing back Marshall who knows the system would be ideal. Have Marshall and our new CB drafted battle it out for the starting spot.

  • arnie

    This will happen, and will depend on JJ and Clary’s restructuring go.