The San Diego Chargers are expected to sign Denver Broncos OL Orlando Franklin when free agency opens up on Tuesday.
The offensive has been the top priority for the San Diego Chargers in the offseason. The team has made their first move to make an improvement up front for Philip Rivers and the running game with the expected signing of former Denver Broncos OL Orlando Franklin to a 5-year deal, per Adam Schefter. Franklin can start at right tackle or he can play at left guard as well. He would be a huge upgrade on the line at either position. If he were to start at right tackle, D.J. Fluker would be kicked inside and play at right guard. He likely will start at right tackle with the team.
When the deal is complete, Franklin is expected to sign a 5-year deal worth up to $36.5 million with about $20 million guaranteed, per Schefter.
The right side of the line would be set and the Chargers line could be set after re-signing King Dunlap as well. King Dunlap will start at left tackle, Chad Rinehart at left guard, Chris Watt at center, D.J. Fluker at right guard and Orlando Franklin at right tackle. The team still could at a left guard onto the roster to bring more competition at the position through free agency or through the draft.
In the NFL Draft, the team could put their focus more on defense and in the running game after the latest signing. Tom Telesco made his first solid addition onto the roster this free agency period and still has the room to make more moves under the cap. The Chargers could be busy this offseason with the extra money under the cap.