The Los Angeles Chargers have finally made a free-agent signing, even if it was just to bring back one of their own.
The Chargers have reportedly brought back safety Adrian Phillips to a new one-year deal, preventing the would be restricted free agent from being on the open market any longer. The Chargers may be looking for somewhat of an insurance policy in case Tre Boston decides to sign elsewhere. The odds of that seem to be increasing by the day.
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Undrafted out of Texas in 2014, Phillips has four career interceptions and 121 tackles. He saw action on nearly half of the team’s defensive snaps last season, according to Pro Football Reference and only two players saw more snaps on special teams.
Slowly, Phillips has become a key part of this team. But do the Chargers see him as a guy who can replace Boston? The truth is, he may not need to. The Bolts have Desmond King, who could line up as a safety, so there are multiple options.
Boston was arguably the Chargers’ most important free agent heading into the offseason, but he appears to be listening to offers. If he wasn’t, he would have already re-signed with the team. He did make this curious post on his Instagram account Wednesday, insinuating he’s on a plane and perhaps headed to meet with a team.
— Fernando Ramirez (@RealFRamirez) March 14, 2018
Boston is coming off his best year as a pro, which was his first in Los Angeles. He had five interceptions, leading the team in that category, while compiling a career-high 79 tackles. He seemed to excel in Gus Bradley’s defense, but there could easily be teams out there willing to spend more than the Chargers to obtain the 25-year old Boston.
We’ll be sure to track this situation and if Boston signs with the Chargers or any other team, we’ll have it here!