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Los Angeles Chargers’ bold predictions: May edition

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 11: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers is tackled by Jatavis Brown #57 of the San Diego Chargers in the 1st quarter during the game at Bank of America Stadium on December 11, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 11: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers is tackled by Jatavis Brown #57 of the San Diego Chargers in the 1st quarter during the game at Bank of America Stadium on December 11, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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The team signs Johnathan Hankins

Johnathan Hankins was released by the Indianapolis Colts back on March 17 after just one season with the team. He’s been sitting on the free-agent market ever since.

The former second-round pick is still only 26 years old and has 12 sacks in his career to his credit. But it’s what he’d add to the Chargers’ rush defense that makes him a viable option.

He’s a space-eater at 6-3 and 320 pounds. He would be able to eat up blocks and allow linebackers such as Denzel Perryman and Jatavis Brown to come up and make plays on the ball carrier.

Corey Liuget is still facing a four-game suspension to begin the season and I feel that Hankins is a better option than Darius Philon, Damion Square or third-round pick Justin Jones, at least at this particular moment. Heck, I think he’s a better option than Brandon Mebane too.

The Chargers were gashed in the run game last season and though the team’s terrible placekicking takes the blame for the team missing the postseason, the fact that they couldn’t slow down the opposition’s rushing attack was just as much at fault.

Hankins would be a terrific solution to that problem and there’s really no reason why this move shouldn’t be made.

According to Overthecap.com, the Chargers still have $11.6 million in available cap space, plenty of space to make a deal with Hankins happen.

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