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Could the Chargers make a splash in free agency next offseason?

There is a ton of Lebron James talk on the internet. Everyone wants to see where the heck he is going to land in free agency and everyone is jumping in on LebronJames.com to see what will be happening. Too bad the site crapped out and the circus is going crazy.

How in the earth does it relate to Chargers news…. it doesn’t, but I wanted to touch on it since football news is scarce. I can make a link of some sort.

LeBron James is the biggest free agent on the market and it looks like he could be joining the young Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs will instantly become a contender to win a championship after the move.

This is how I will make this relate… The Chargers will have a boat ton of room under the salary cap next season and will have the opportunity to make a splash. The team is talented and should be able to lure in a talented free agent onto the roster. Could the Chargers pursure one of the big names to join the squad? There will be some nice talent to pick from.

Denver Broncos WR Demayrius Thomas will be a free agent. The Chargers could use another receiver with speed and talent on the roster to join Keenan Allen and Philip Rivers. I am sure that Mike McCoy would love to have the receiver back on his sideline. Could you imagine the offense with Thomas running wild and free? Could the team make that type of splash with their money?

Another free agent is Ndamukong Suh. Defense and the defensive tackle position have been an issue forever and Suh could give the team a huge playmaker in the middle of the defensive line. The team would need to make some changes to the scheme, but that is a different discussion.

The Chargers are mainly building up this team through the draft. The team hasn’t made big moves in free agency under Tom Telesco, but they have not had the ability to yet. Could they make that splash in the next offseason? Imagine the roster with another superstar!

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  • Rex Lajos

    Draft is more important for winning the big one.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Not really. I believe there should be a balance. When there is a need, then FA may be the way to go. Why is it that Denver was in the SB if the draft was the way to go? Should have been us or maybe Cleveland?

      Just because they are cheap and come at a low price does not necessarily mean they are go. However, on the other side, we don’t need to overpay for players. You only get stuck overpaying when players do not want to come and play for your team. Tampa was like that for awhile. Cleveland is overpaying. So were the Chargers for awhile in the past.

  • Tazzster

    You build teams tough the draft. We don’t want to over pay a ‘big name’ free agent and tie up all our cap room that can be used to re-sign players we already have.

    I like what TT has been doing in FA so far. Quality players for reasonable or bargain contracts. Keep up the good work.

    • Stefanie Smith

      I agree with the FA. We shouldn’t overpay and go crazy–similar to what Miami paid for Mike Wallace. On the other side, we have been talking building through the draft for 10 years. It’s time to step it up a notch. Most fans are not willing to wait another ten… “Build through the draft” is a catch phrase excuse GMs use to buy time. I am glad TT is not like that and doesn’t sacrifice what we have now and is still trying to put together a winning Chargers’ team for THIS season. Not in 5 years.

      Example: SF was in the SB with a mixture of young guys (not many new players from the draft) and FAs and some vets.

      GB would not have gone into the FA market if you should only “build through the draft”. Julius Peppers was a FA they went after. They didn’t wait to get one in the draft.

      I believe balance is the key.

      • Aaron Johnson

        The Julius Peppers example is weak since he hasnt played a down with GB so we dont know if they over paid for what they got. Even under AJ you could say we built through the draft (we just let them go too once they were built up). I think the main mentality shift is keeping those players that we develop successfully. The free agent splash we make next year should look like this year, lock up our own guys and plug in the few holes we have with either FA or Draft.

        • Stefanie Smith

          The point is that GB went for a FA splash. We have some here that use “build through the draft” a little too much when most of the great teams do make the FA deals when they think they need to.

          And as to how you think it will go next year, I would be totally happy with that, I think we are there. Definitely lock up our own guys, for sure, then go fill in with the FAs and draft, any holes that remain.

  • 21serg

    Would def love suh

    • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

      I would too. Gotta wonder if TT would be ok with the reputation he’d bring though.

      • Stefanie Smith

        Yeah. I think McCoy would wig out also. But man, Suh would be outrageous.

    • tubbs45

      Not sure he would roll with a 3-4 def, but it would be fun to watch him maul people!

  • BoltNative

    We will definitely have the cap space. Why do we have to stand by and watch Denver throw big money and we shop at thrift stores looking for bargains? Proven OL and DL are a big need for us, just to name a couple. So, do the homework as always and “get what you pay for” Chargers!

  • tubbs45

    Demayrius Thomas would be nice to pair with Allen… We are gonna need a few O Line replacements (contract wise) here real soon too!!!

  • Diegoblue

    How much money are we gonna have next year anyway?

    • Stefanie Smith

      People are giving out crazy numbers that aren’t stated anywhere. Go over to http://www.overthecap.com and click on the Chargers player contracts remaining for 2015. I am just estimating here. No dead money in 2015. And it only looks like about $15 million under the cap. Assume the cap goes up in 2015 — maybe $20 million under the cap?

      overthecap.com has the Chargers spending $121,355,194 for 2015 so far. Granted, there will be new draft rookies to pay, some players dropped, etc. And some retiring, etc. So this is just a base line. But for sure we would be out of the dead money misery created from Gaither, Meachem and Cox.

      • Diegoblue

        Thanks Stef .. I will check it out

      • BlueBoltFan

        I think the reason for the crazy cap projections is that (due to TV deals and the like) the NFL is expected to go from roughly $9 billion a year to about $15 billion a year over the next 5 or 6 years and the players are due to get nearly half of that. So the cap is going up. A lot.

  • Cgoodness13

    Re-sign our FA starters and depth first, then add a couple of key players through FA

    • BlueBoltFan

      ^^^^This 100%

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

      That makes the most sense to me.

  • Derek

    How bout getting Andre and making a push for sb now

    • Marcel West-Bailey

      There’s nothing we can give the Texans that’s worth Andre Johnson. Well there’s nothing we can give them that we don’t want to give up.

      • Derek

        He wants to go to a contender, and if it’s not us we’ll be facing him. He’s got about 2-3 good yrs left that’s worth a 2nd rd and conditional 5 or 4th. Plus it’s was Matt Shaub rivers can make him randy or atleast vincent

  • Tyler

    According to Overthecap.com the Broncos will have $22million if the cap rises to $140million. If it stays at $135million for 2015, then they will have $17million in cap space. I don’t see the Broncos allowing a WR like Demaryius Thomas to walk. They will have enough to re-sign him. The Chargers will have $26million in cap space in 2015 if the cap rises to $140million.

  • afroamongfew

    It all depends on how well the guys on the team play in their contract year(s). Guys like Shareece Wright (maybe), Vincent Brown (probably not), Ryan Mathews (maybe), Danny Woodhead (one would hope), King Dunlap (maybe), Dwight Freeney (probably not), and Brandon Flowers (hopefully) will probably come first.

    However, if the team is going to make any serious strides toward a championship without having such an out-and-out terrible season that their draft position actually allows them to build solely through the draft (like so many are convinced is ***THE WAY***), they will need to be competitive in free agency. I’d just like for the team to make the caveat of not pursuing any top-flight free agents over the age of 29.

    That still means that Telesco should go all out for Demariyus Thomas, btw.

  • Marcel West-Bailey

    I doubt Thomas leaves Manning unless they self destruct this coming season. And I’m sure Suh in a 3-4 would not please him. What I find interesting is I haven’t heard too many bad things coming from Dez Bryant and we all know the Cowgirls aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, Maybe he leaves but I think we’re supposed to have like 40 mil in cap space next year so as long as we have people that want to come (which doesn’t happen often) we can pay them

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i was thinking the same on Dez…. I love Dez and think that he is a better receiver than Demayrius Thomas.

      • Derek

        Not by much after that Super Bowl. That was the only time he was the only playmaker like dez is almost every game

  • Derek

    I think this is our last yr to hope for a ring before we have to rebuild and wait on development. Next yr gates will be too old. Harwick’s will be gone and we’ll need to get new wr’s along with possibly a new hb and lt

    • Stefanie Smith

      Gates will be old, but we already have Green. And we have tons of receivers for next year. Also didn’t we draft a replacement for Hardwick in this draft?
      Man, please don’t say rebuild. We have been “rebuilding” for 10 plus years now.

      And with all the cap space—plug in those holes and we should at least be able to remain competitive. A good GM should be planning for this all along and no need for years of waiting. Management should be getting the replacements through the draft or FA as we speak, so we don’t have to wait more years and years.

      • Derek

        Only reciever we got was Reese, who makes every catch look contested. Watt has never played center sooooo…..yeah we will remain competitive but we’ve done that for yrs that’s part of the reason nobody takes us serious it was 3 straight yrs we owned the afc west and turned into the bengals durring the playoffs. I want a ring to say we owned (insert yr here)