Jan 11, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) hands off to running back Donald Brown against the New England Patriots in the first half during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
ESPN put out their grades for free agency today and they gave the Chargers a C. Can’t really disagree with the grading on free agency and I am surprised it wasn’t worse.
The Chargers have to get some credit for keeping their own players on the roster. Keeping Chad Rinehart and Donald Butler on the roster are huge for free agency. They also kept special teams captain Darrell Stuckey and starting corner Richard Marshall. The signings are not going to be blockbusters to the world, but it is huge for the roster to build upon.
The team was able to keep their good players and will be adding to it through the draft.
There still are question marks on some of the signings. Sending a ton of money toward Donald Brown seems like a big question mark. Why would the team spend all kinds of money for a 3rd running back on the roster, when they could have drafted one and spent that money on a different need on the roster.
The roster is not complete yet and the draft still will add more players, but free agency is getting the grade of a C from ESPN at this point.