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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Sign Avery Williamson

Previously, I made the case for the Chargers signing free-agent linebacker Avery Williamson. I haven’t come off that idea.

Williamson is still in the prime of his career having just turned 26 years old on March 9. He’s ready for that big first contract after playing four years with the Tennessee Titans, who drafted him in the fifth round in 2014.

He’s proven to be much better than a typical fifth-round pick, averaging 94 tackles per season to this point in his career.

The Chargers have a great pass-rushing duo in Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa and a great secondary. The weakness of the defense is clearly right up the middle, where the Chargers were gashed for 122.3 yards per game on the ground last season.

Signing Williamson would help strengthen the middle of the defense significantly, allowing players like Bosa, Ingram, Casey Hayward, Jason Verrett and Trevor Williams to be even better.

If Telesco signs just one free agent that’s not one of his own, it should be this guy.

Sign Weston Richburg

GREEN BAY, WI – JANUARY 8: Weston Richburg #70 of the New York Giants sits on the sideline in the third quarter during the NFC Wild Card game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on January 8, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI – JANUARY 8: Weston Richburg #70 of the New York Giants sits on the sideline in the third quarter during the NFC Wild Card game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on January 8, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Fortifying the middle of the defense is a good idea, but the same can be the same for the middle of the offensive front.

Weston Richburg is the best free-agent center on the market and would be an excellent fit in Los Angeles where he could slide in between Dan Feeney and Forrest Lamp. If the Chargers could then find a tackle in the draft to replace Joe Barksdale, they’d be in business.

Another option would be to sign a right tackle as a free agent and then draft a center, but there aren’t many great free agents at right tackle, unless you like names like Don Barclay or LaAdrian Waddle. None of those guys are as good as Richburg, who is still just 26 years old and could be the Chargers’ center for many years to come.

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