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Chargers Free Agency Shopping List: Tom Zbikowski

By Ernie Padaon

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

What kind of a name is that!?! Tom Zbikowski!? It is a name you don’t know too well and that is why it makes it more of a possibility for AJ Smith to go after him.

Tom Zbikowski was the backup to Ed Reed with the Baltimore Ravens at strong safety and he has worked behind Reed for the last 4 years. He is becoming a free agent this offseason and will be looking for an opportunity to be a starter somewhere.

I spoke to RileyBabcock of Ebony Bird to get a little more insight on Zibby and here is what he had for us:

The Baltimore Ravens have a lot of free agents to worry about this offseason. One thing the Ravens organization has always done a great job of is keeping their own. GM Ozzie Newsome and Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta are the best in the biz when it comes to managing players but they have their hands full this offseason.

Zbikowski does not feel like a priority at the moment and is not expected to return to the Ravens. It looks like the Ravens would prefer to re-sign Haruki Nakumura who was drafted in the same year that Zbikowski and looks to be just as good.

Zibby is a very solid player that won’t wow you with playmaking ability but is a physical presence that won’t go unnoticed. His second profession, boxing, shows a lot about his character. He’s a very hard working, blue collar guy and will make some team happy. He could easily start for a team and become the star of a weak secondary but will fade in a strong one.

A physical presence in the secondary is needed on defense. He can be brought in and compete for the starting job with Darrell Stuckey. He also looks like he can contribute as a punt returner.

“He would be a star in a weak secondary!!!” Then let’s make this kid a star then!’

AJ Smith doesn’t usually go after the big dollar names and this could be a move that could actually happen. Could we see a pairing of Zibby and Eric Weddle in the secondary?  What do you all think about this idea?

If anything, he could punch someone out!