Chargers Free Agency

Mapping out a realistic path for Chargers in free agency

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 19: Jordan Reed
LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 19: Jordan Reed
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Re-sign Tre Boston

The Chargers were able to get Tre Boston on a one-year, $900,000 deal last season. That’s not going to happen in 2018.

Boston will command a much higher salary, but he’s earned it. He was a tremendous surprise for the Chargers last season as he notched five interceptions and any team looking for safety help is likely to inquire about his services.

They haven’t had much success in replacing Eric Weddle, but signing Boston to a long-term deal gives the team a chance to develop some continuity within the secondary. Last March, Jahleel Addae signed a four year, $22.50 million deal to stay in Los Angeles. Boston will probably be looking for at least that, but the team needs to give it to him.

Sign Caleb Sturgis

PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 13: Caleb Sturgis #6 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts and is congratulated by Zach Ertz #86 after he kicked a field goal during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on November 13, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Falcons 24-15. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 13: Caleb Sturgis #6 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts and is congratulated by Zach Ertz #86 after he kicked a field goal during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on November 13, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Falcons 24-15. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

The Chargers have Nick Rose and Roberto Aguayo on the roster already and I think they should use a late-round selection to grab another one. So wait, I’m advocating for the team to carry four kickers on the roster?

Yes, I am.

As bad as the Chargers kicked field goals and extra points last season, I would have as many options at my disposal as possible when the season started. Teams are able to carry 90 players on their rosters in the summer and that leaves more than enough room for kickers.

Rose and Aguayo have proven to be inconsistent, to put it mildly. Caleb Sturgis is a good option on the free-agent market as the kicker is still just 28 years old. He would have been part of a Super-Bowl winning team last season if not for an injury, so it’s not like he’s washed up.

He’s made 81 percent of his career field-goal attempts while playing for both the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles. Telesco could offer him a one-year deal to come in and win a kicking competition over at least two and maybe three other guys.

If Sturgis wasn’t up to the task, the Chargers could just cut him at any point during the preseason. They’d be out hardly anything.

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