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Los Angeles Chargers 2018 free agency preview: Offensive line

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 06: Weston Richburg
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CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 11: Matt Slauson #68 of the San Diego Chargers breaks up a turnover opportunity by Wes Horton #96 of the Carolina Panthers in the second quarter during the game at Bank of America Stadium on December 11, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 11: Matt Slauson #68 of the San Diego Chargers breaks up a turnover opportunity by Wes Horton #96 of the Carolina Panthers in the second quarter during the game at Bank of America Stadium on December 11, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

In recent years, the Los Angeles Chargers’ offensive line ranked toward the bottom in terms of performance in the entire NFL. The team began to remedy that situation in 2017.

Matt Slauson and Russell Okung have proven to be solid pickups over the last two seasons and Dan Feeney had a solid rookie season. The team also has the promising Forrest Lamp who should be ready for the 2018 season opener.

The Chargers have made great strides toward improving the offensive line which was clearly the biggest weakness in each of the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

However, the team will have some decisions to make this offseason. Five offensive linemen are set to become unrestricted free agents. Do the Chargers look to re-sign most of them in order to keep this improving group intact, or does the team look to the free-agent market or the draft in hopes of finding even better quality?

The team also needs to address the defensive line, find more depth at middle linebacker and perhaps look for Philip Rivers’ successor this offseason, but the offensive line must remain one of the team’s top priorities.

What is the best route to take? Will Tom Telesco use a frugal approach in addressing the offensive line or does he open the pocketbook? One way or another, he’ll have to either re-sign some players or look outside the organization for help.

That’s what we’re going to discuss here.

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