Slauson, others set to become unrestricted free agents
The following players will be unrestricted free agents this offseason.
Matt Slauson: Slauson was terrific in 2016, filling in at center after the team had struggled at that position for years. He missed more than half of the 2017 season with a biceps injury. He would likely be the most expensive guy on this list to keep but he brings value to a team as he has 101 starts in the NFL under his belt. Did the offensive line’s performance in his absence prove the team doesn’t really need him? That’s what Telesco will have to decide.
Chris Hairston: Hairston has spent the last three seasons with the Chargers after starting his career in Buffalo. A scary illness forced him to miss most of this past season and his health going forward will obviously be the first question in whether or not he returns to the Chargers or any other team.
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Kenny Wiggins: Wiggins has been a surprise for the Chargers since going undrafted in 2011 and playing for two other teams prior to landing in San Diego and then Los Angeles. He started all 16 games for the team in 2017 after starting in just nine total games the previous two seasons.
I could see the team bringing him back in 2018 as re-signing him shouldn’t be too costly.
Michael Schofield: Schofield was another guy who stepped up for the Chargers this past season, making the most of his second chance after the Denver Broncos gave up on him. He’s still just 27 years old and can be a solid reserve lineman for several more years for this team.
Michael Ola: Ola has bounced all over the league and has actually had two stints with the Chargers. The team signed him off the street in October and he appeared in two games this past season. With Lamp and possibly Hairston returning, the team won’t have a need for him going forward.