Chargers’ Tre Boston and Matt Slauson make NFL.com’s Top 101 free agents of 2018.
Free safety Tre Boston and offensive lineman Matt Slauson were the only Chargers to make the list. Boston ranked No. 56 and Slauson ranked No. 97. If NFL.com accounted for restricted free agents, wide receiver Tyrell Williams would have definitely made the cut. Safety Adrian Phillips might have, too.
Anyway, this is good for the Chargers. Like I’ve said before, the lack of the Chargers’ top playmakers hitting the market only helps them in securing their own in-house free agents for cheap, as well as gives them more of an opportunity to go after a big name or two.
In regards to the article, only Boston belongs on the list. He should be the Chargers’ top priority among own free agents. He finished with a career-high five interceptions and was one of the best coverage safeties in the league. He’s also only 25 years old. However, he’s proven to be a liability against the run, as he takes poor angles and can’t wrap up anyone to save his life.
After settling for a one-year deal last offseason, Boston will be looking for a long-term contract. He recently mentioned he’s excited for free agency, so make of that what you will. Retaining Boston would be nice, and it wouldn’t create another need. But the Chargers shouldn’t overpay for his services.
As for Slauson, he made the list strictly because of his versatility. The veteran lineman just turned 32 years old and really struggled prior to suffering a season-ending biceps injury in 2017. The switch to guard didn’t work out, and the Chargers already have last year’s second- and third-round picks, Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney, set to take over. Expect the Bolts to move on from Slauson and find a better–and younger–lineman in free agency or the draft.