Chargers Draft

How pre-draft moves affect the Chargers’ 2018 season

SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 01: Marcus Peters
SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 01: Marcus Peters
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SEATTLE, WA – NOVEMBER 07: Cornerback Richard Sherman
SEATTLE, WA – NOVEMBER 07: Cornerback Richard Sherman

NFC West:

Los Angeles Rams:

Notable moves:

  • Traded for CB Marcus Peters and CB Aqib Talib
  • Traded away OLB Robert Quinn and LB Alec Ogletree

How it affects the Chargers:

The battle for Los Angeles will reach its first true conflict some time this season, as the two teams are set to square off for a win and, more importantly, city-wide dominance.

The Rams went out and got two former arch-nemeses of the Chargers, cornerback Marcus Peters of the Kansas City Chiefs and cornerback Aqib Talib of the Denver Broncos. If the Bolts are hoping to win this game, it will likely need to be on the back of a good defense.

This may very well be the hardest game of the season, with so much on the line as well.

Seattle Seahawks:

Notable moves:

  • Cut CB Richard Sherman
  • Traded DE Michael Bennett
  • Let TE Jimmy Graham and DT Sheldon Richardson leave in free agency

How it affects the Chargers:

If there were any time to play the Seahawks, this would be it. You can never count out Russell Wilson and the rest of the team, but losing so many key players as the roster overhaul begins is hard to recover from in one season. Seattle will be looking for revenge against the Chargers for spanking them in San Diego a few years back, albeit with a dramatically less talented roster.

Not having to cover Jimmy Graham doesn’t hurt, either.

San Francisco 49ers:

Notable moves:

  • Signed CB Richard Sherman, C Weston Richburg, RB Jerick McKinnon
  • Signed Jeremiah Attaochu

How it affects the Chargers:

The 49ers are coming to play in 2018, and are a lot stronger than they have been in years. Sherman will help lead the secondary, Richburg will glue together the offensive line, and Jerick McKinnon will likely find much success under Kyle Shanahan. This team got a lot better, and will be a much tougher opponent. This could easily be one of those infamous “Chargers’ head-scratching losses”.

Jeremiah Attaochu is a former second-round selection of the Chargers, with a lot of talent and some upside. He just didn’t pan out. Hopefully the former Bolt isn’t looking for revenge in this game.

Arizona Cardinals:

Notable moves:

  • Released S Tyrann Mathieu
  • Signed QB Sam Bradford

How it affects the Chargers:

How do you replace an oft-injured, aging quarterback? Sign Sam Bradford, an oft-injured quarterback, to a one-year, $20

million deal. He’s good when healthy, but if the Chargers are scheduled to play the Cardinals past Week 10, I would be shocked if Bradford is even on the field.

Also, from a former Charger:

So dumb. Bradford has been paid more for nothing than anyone in history of nfl

— Eric Weddle (@weddlesbeard) March 13, 2018

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