Will Richard Marshall Be The Chargers Next Signing?

By Ernie Padaon

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

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.