The San Diego Chargers have addressed the offensive line this offseason, but the team has yet to bring in a free agent from another team to shore up a unit that struggled last season. Instead, general manager Tom Telesco has chosen to work with the players he already has, starting by re-signing tackle Joe Barksdale and then restructuring the contract of King Dunlap.
That trend continued on Tuesday night, as Chris Hairston was given a two-year contract. Hairston gives the Chargers depth as he can play multiple positions along the line. Last season, his first in San Diego, Hairston played in all 16 games and started a career-high 11. A fourth-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2011, Hairston will be entering his sixth season in the league.
Good to see versatile T @C_Hairston75 coming back. Agreed to 2-yr contract. Started 11 gms & played every O-line spot except center in '15.
— Bill Johnston (@ChargersPRguy) March 16, 2016
The Chargers have made some good moves since the free-agent signing period open, bringing in Brandon Mebane, Travis Benjamin and Casey Hayward. But what about the offensive line? It’s been somewhat surprising to see the team stick with the players from last season, particularly at the center position. This is an area that Telesco will have to address in the draft.
At the same time, he may feel that the Chargers have a solid offensive line in place, providing players like Dunlap and Orlando Franklin can avoid injuries? Do you feel the same?