Predicting the San Diego Chargers offseason
Dec 28, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Oakland Raiders center Stefen Wisniewski (61) lines up against the Denver Broncos in the first quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Making these moves in free agency would get the San Diego Chargers staring offensive line to be King Dunlap, Chris Watt, Stefen Wisniewski, DJ Fluker and Doug Free. I would assume that the Cowboys would be unable to pay their right tackle as they are looking to pay their other free agents. Imagine that offensive line in front of Philip Rivers. That should make him feel a lot better about sticking around on a new contract.
That offensive line should be able to create some holes in the running game and should be able to keep Philip Rivers standing to hit his receivers. Chris Watt would have the most to prove up front. At least he would have solid players around him with Wisniewski and Dunlap.
After making those moves in free agent, the Chargers would then have $14 million to spend on other pieces to the puzzle. We could look to keep Eddie Royal. He would likely cost $4 million.
I would love Bernard Pollard to play defense in the secondary to add some hitters to that group. He made $3.1 million last season and would likely get around the same. Keeping Royal and signing Pollard would probably take $7 million off of the cap, leaving the team with $7 million for draft picks and miscellaneous free agents. The team still has the option to restructure deals and make more releases to make more room under the cap.