Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga (90) before Super Bowl XLVII against the Baltimore Ravens at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Isaac Sopoaga a good fit in San Diego?


Issac Sopoaga is going to be released by the New England Patriots according to ProFootballTalk, posted few moments ago.

He’s a big 3-4 nose tackle that could fill in that spot pretty well. We currently have no locks in our roster, As of right now we  have Byron Jerideau and Kwame Geathers . Both are promising players that haven’t shown much. What do you guys think about our NT situation? will picking up a guy like Isaac Sopoaga for a cheap price  solve our NT  situation temporarily or drafting a guy like Louis Nix be the answer?

Isaac is 32 years old and I know Telesco has expressed interest bringing in young talent, but I’d think having a veteran like Sopoaga could be beneficial for our defense and the young guys like Kwame, Byron, and/or an incoming rookie. Last year Telesco chose not to re-sign Aubrayo Franklin which the 2013 Chargers defense proved to miss.

Lets see what happens in the next few days till then Bolt up and thanks for reading.

 

 

 

 

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  • serg21

    Now captain nunnery is visiting the vikings fn telesco pplz bring in DRC or revis

  • Julien Bélair

    was he good last year??

    • arnie

      Context. At this point, if his bad was better than Cam’s good, he’s still a good option.

      • Julien Bélair

        haha that’s for sure

    • Gunnar Martin

      He started two games and played in six. I don’t think so.

  • rickochey

    i want NIX….

    • arnie

      Then all you have to do it convince 24 other teams not to take him. XD

      • rickochey

        I dont think 24 other teams want or need a NIX in the first round

        • arnie

          We shall see….

          • rickochey

            the only other team that is needs a NT is Pitt and they have been favored to be taking that other kid

          • arnie

            Teams may not “need” a player right now, however they may “want” him for the future. The Chargers needed a LT last year and drafted RT. FA took the care of LT and Fluker proved to be the starter at RT. However they had options at RT if Fluker could not compete to be the starter.
            Still Nix is 50/50 at best to be a the starter at NT day one.

          • BlueBoltFan

            I actually say less than 50/50. Defensive tackles, and especially nose tackles tend to take a year or two to develop. Even unnaturally gifted ones like Dontari Poe and Star Lotulelei struggle to make an impact as rookies. (There were about 3 NT taken in the first 2 rounds last year. Can you name them? I can’t.)

          • arnie

            There are always players that have a better chance of panning out, sure. Those guys usually go in the first round, and are expected to start. All i’m saying there are no guarantees a player will work out. That is the 50/50.

          • BlueBoltFan

            I don’t disagree at all. I was just putting it out there that sometimes we get all hopped up on the idea of rookies filling spots on the team (myself included). More often than not, it takes a little time.

          • arnie

            Oh we’re on the same page. For me though i don’t get hyped on anybody until they hit the field in Training Camp. I mean get Nix don’t get him, i don’t care. T&M have built an atmosphere of competition, where the best players they can get will start.
            All i know, despite not having a “big name” FA, or the so called “Best Players Available” in the draft, this team still went to the playoffs an won a postseason game.

          • shayaaa

            Sheldon Richardson, Star, and Shariff Floyd just off the top of my head from last years 1st round. Star led ALL DT’s in run stoppage (PFF) and I’m pretty sure Sheldon was a beast as well.

          • BlueBoltFan

            Richardson is a five-tech and Floyd is a 3-tech, but fair enough. There are also guys like Suh and Watt that are absolute monsters from day 1. My point is those are the exceptions rather than the rule. More often than not, it takes a year or so for DT’s to get their sea legs under them (see Corey Liuget, Kendall Reyes, Muhammed Wilkerson, Cam Jordan, etc). In fact, Pat Kirwan was talking on NFL radio awhile back about how DTs on average take about 2 1/2 years after being drafted to become starters. Though I do think Nix can be solid early.

          • Gunnar Martin

            Packers need a nose tackle too

  • Nick Mansoor

    In other news, Corey Graham signed with the Bills for 4 years $16 mill. Scratch him off the list -.-

    • arnie

      Was he on the list? You do realize the Chargers couldn’t afford him?

      • Nick Mansoor

        Meh he was a possibility. He was on my list, regardless, for $4 mill a season I’d still snag him

        • arnie

          LOL i see that, the Chargers are $5.8 under that cap after D.B. I think they are waiting for some contracts to expire to get more wiggle room.

          • Nick Mansoor

            dont remind me lol if the Saints can work a deal with Byrd with less cap space than us then im sure we can make a deal as well

          • arnie

            I agree, but why pay more for a resume, when you can get good production for less? Besides the Saints have something we don’t, a ring. Also, they have more talent on the roster so they don’t have to worry as much about a bust.

  • BlueBoltFan

    I say we pick him up. Hopefully, along with Lissemore and the two youngsters we can shore up the position for the upcoming season. Also hope TT is keeping Louis Nix in mind come draft day.

  • arnie

    Well at this point, the Chargers now have more options that can come in at a an affordable price , possibly plug up the middle. Bj Raji, Franklin and others are still out there…. However lessimore proved to be an upgrade. so the Chargers made ride that train, and develop behind him.

  • Diegoblue

    I would definitely take a look depends on what’s is he asking .. Would love to draft Nix but at 25 it will be tough.. What’s good with Terrence Cody..??

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    According to Jeff Legwold, Denver would have pursued LB Donald Butler, had the Chargers not re-signed him.

    Good thing we did!

    • Nick Mansoor

      don’t say the “D” or “B” word. im sick of hearing their name.

      • Diegoblue

        Amen to that but get use to it… Until we beat them year

        • arnie

          They still are what they are…. I still think the Chargers will re-sign Marshal and draft CB. The defense played better when he was in.

          • Diegoblue

            Wouldn’t be mad with Marshall coming back but we mos def will getting a CB or two in the draft

      • Gunnar Martin

        You mean Donald and Butler? lol

        • Nick Mansoor

          Oh you know what I mean Gunnar lol

      • Julien Bélair

        I hear you

    • Julien Bélair

      I would have been a nightmare… I’m sure the B would have done it just to pissed us off

  • philiprules

    NT’s may be the second most beat on guys in football after RB’s. Let go by the 49ers, signed by the Eagles and traded to the Pats, didn’t play much and let go again. He’ll be 33 at the start of the season. Kinda tells you something.

  • Anthony95

    With the rookie wage scale its a much smarter GM move to rebuild or improve through the draft then FA. Look at the contracts guys signed this FA season already, some of the money is very high: Linval Joseph 5 years $31.5M, Soliai 5 years $33M, or Earl Mitchell 4 years $16M and the list goes on.

    Nix can be signed at 25 on a four year deal with a 5th year option for around $8M! That gives us the best way to improve long term. And though Linval would’ve been a good fit is he worth $23.5M more than Nix?

    Nix is a solid player who fits a need for us at NT. With a rotation of Nix, Lissemore, and Geathers that would provide a big upgrade over last years rotation.

    CB will be filled in the draft at a more reasonable price then any of the guys signed in FA – a round 2 CB would go for 4 years at under $3M total!

    In FA Grimes 4 years $32M, Talib 6 years $57M, Verner 4 years $25.5M, Vontae Davis 4 years $39M. The difference is amazing.

    We can re-sign Marshall. Then draft a top CB + NT for a total of about $11M + Marshall at maybe 2 years $3M = $14M for 3 players that fill a need vs say Mitchell + Corey Graham for 4 years each and $32M!

    Getting Nix or another NT + one of the many options at CB in draft will be as good or better than say Mitchell and Graham and cost $21M less over the next 4 years!

    That will allow Telesco to replace Hardwick when he retires after 2014 and add more overall depth to improve any position that needs it. We lose what $12M in dead money at the end of 2014 so we will have plenty of money to spend next off-season.

    Everyone needs to stay patient. I know seeing Den… paying somehow top dollar for every player imaginable (not sure how that was done) and we all want to freakout. Just remember, we beat Den… and lost twice. The playoff loss was due to lack of a RB behind Mathews, we have that in Donald Brown. Check

    They improved there defense with Talib, Ware, and TJ Ward (though they lost Bailey and are going to lose Shaun Phillips). Yes they upgraded but also lost and lost Decker.

    We will upgrade at WR 2, TE, NT, finally have a true #1 CB not to mention have Freeney, Ingram, Butler, Te’o, and Williams healthy which we didn’t have them all playing together even 1 game.

    I feel with this strategy Den.. is trying to win now & over the next maybe 2 years. Whereas we are building for now and the next decade. We will be very competitive and will be back in playoffs where anything can happen.

    • arnie

      THIS^

    • Derek

      this is assuming we get who we want and the become who we expect. broncos have all their draft picks to add depth we are relying on draft for starters and depth

      • Anthony95

        I forgot they are also losing DRCromartie who was very solid last year for Den… & ranked 5th and Talib was just a bit better. So, slight upgrade.

        Ware vs Philips – Philips had 10 sacks to Ware’s 5.5. Add to that Ware’s age, injury history last year (the bug is starting to hit him), and I think its going to be a wash.

        IMO real true upgrade for Den… is at safety. But with downgrade at Oline and losing Decker that is huge.

        All SD has to do to match-up is have a solid WR 2 (draft), a better back-up RB (done with Donald Brown signing), cog at NT (Wilfork & Nix – I hope both), upgrade at CB (draft) to match-up with Thomas, and a healthy defense. If we get those things accomplished we will be able to hold our own toe to toe with Den…

        • Derek

          Chris Harris jr who locked down Allen will be back, ware is prob going back to olb where 9 sacks was a slow yr. Von miller will be on the other side with that first rd pick sly and Terrance knighton. They’d prob grab top mlb in the draft or refer back to the Seahawks blueprint….. I promise I’m not a undercover bronco. Just tired of all the adoration and attention they get over us. This will really show us if we have a coach that can carry us to the Super Bowl.

        • Derek

          Yeah the o line will make things easier however I think decker will be easier to replace than you think esp with this deep wr class.

  • LTmarioD

    I think that they could get both. Defensive line is one of the most frequently rotated positions on the field, so having a veteran backup behind Louis Nix would be great.

  • rell dogg

    Chargers should sign sopoaga