We recently discussed whether the Chargers should re-sign Brandon Mebane this offseason and while there seem to be mixed feelings on the subject, the Chargers have multiple reasons to move on from the veteran.
Mebane, a native of the Los Angeles area, would likely like to remain with the team, the Chargers should focus their resources on younger players at the same position, Damion Square and Darius Philon.
Because of their age, both of those guys could get lucrative offers from other teams and in that case, the Chargers could choose to bring Mebane back, as there likely won’t be as big of a market for his services.
Prior to the start of the 2016 season, Mebane signed a 3-year, $13.5 million deal with the Chargers. His next contract would likely be far less, particularly if he wants to remain with the Bolts.
Statistically, Mebane had his best season with the Chargers last year, registering 40 tackles, one sack and one pass deflection. He did that while playing in just 12 games.
At 34 years old, Mebane’s best days are probably behind him and the only reason he should come back to the Chargers should be as a rotational player who provides direction to the younger players based on his experience.