The San Diego Chargers have a few quality players hitting free agency in 2017. Which ones should the team retain?
We focused on 2017 unrestricted free agents the Chargers should re-sign, so now it’s time to look at the team’s restricted free agents. Quick refresher: An unrestricted free agent is free to sign with any team after their contract expires; if the player is a restricted free agent, the Chargers can match any offer another team makes and could possibly be compensated should they decline to do so.
Restricted free agents can get a first-round tender, second-round tender, original tender or right-of-first-refusal tender (no compensation). If tendered and no team makes an offer, the player will be signed to a non-guaranteed one-year deal worth less than $4 million (the highest tender is around $3.5 million and lowest is around $1.67 million), per Overthecap.com. Long-term deals can be worked out, too.
With that said, let’s take a look and see which restricted free agents the Chargers should re-sign in 2017 (in order from important to least important).