Oct 25, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (R) walks onto the field before the game Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
The San Diego Chargers are going to be sticking around, at least for another season. While the organization will work with the city in hopes of getting a deal for a new stadium, it must also balance that with building a strong competitor for the 2016 season.
According to Overthecap.com, the Chargers currently have about $27.7 million in available cap space. That money can be used to bring back some of the team’s free agents, but it could also be used to dip into the pool of available players from around the league. For a team that finished 4-12 a season ago, bringing in a new crop of players might be the best route to take.
So what are the areas of need for this team?
With key veterans Antonio Gates and Eric Weddle scheduled to become unrestricted free agents combined with the fact that Philip Rivers recently turned 34 years old, it’s a team that needs to get a little younger. At the same time, Ken Whisenhunt, the offensive coordinator whom Rivers flourished under, has rejoined the team in the same capacity.
For the Chargers to turn things around, they’ll need to surround Rivers with more weapons than he’s had in recent years. They also need to work on finding him some more protection along the offensive line. That said, the defensive side of the ball must be addressed as well.
Here, we have five positions the team should look into, as well as a few players for the team to consider at each of them. Read on for more.