Relax, Chargers don’t need to make a lot of noise in free agency
By Travis Wakeman
In the famous words of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, R-E-L-A-X.
As an NFL fan, it’s tough to sit idly by and watch as other teams around the league make interesting trades and scoop up players, signing them to massive contracts, who they hope will make a difference in the coming season and beyond.
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As you scour social media, it’s not hard to find fans of the Los Angeles Chargers wondering aloud when the Chargers are going to make their move and asking, “what are we waiting for”. Realize one thing, a team remaining stagnant during the signing period isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
The Chargers are a team that is close. In fact, NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah recently told Hayley Elwood of the team’s official website that this team is ready for a big year.
So, does the team really need to go out and make a bunch of moves? Not really. This is close to a complete team with a terrific mixture of veteran experience, leadership, youth and athletic ability. Jeremiah agrees, calling it one of the better rosters in the league.
"The ball is firmly on the tee for the Chargers to have a big year."– @MoveTheSticks pic.twitter.com/SpvkAMgb9K
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) March 13, 2018
There is one area of need, and that is in the middle of the defense as the team tries to get better against the run. The Chargers have been linked to Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Beau Allen and of course, Ndamukong Suh is available.
Inside linebacker Avery Williamson would be a good fit, but NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport notes that he is likely to sign with the New York Jets.
The #Jets are expected to sign #Titans FA LB Avery Williamson, source said. A perfect fit for a 3-4 ILB.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 14, 2018
At the same time, Chargers general manager Tom Telesco may feel confident that he can take care of that, as well as the rest of the team’s pressing needs, in April’s draft.
Barring some crazy trade that comes out of left field, this may be an awfully quiet free-agent signing period for the Chargers. While that’s not entertaining, it’s not a bad thing.