The Chargers re-signed two key members of the defense, two players who many fans likely thought would be looking for work elsewhere.
Denzel Perryman: A player injured almost as often as Verrett, it likely would not have surprised Chargers fans if the team chose to move on. But the team brought Perryman back, feeling the positives far outweigh the negatives.
Perryman has spent the first four seasons of his career with the Chargers after the team made him a second-round pick in 2015. In that time, he’s played in just 42 of a potential 64 regular season games.
But still just 26 years old, Perryman has much more football in him, so long as he can stay on the field. The Chargers were willing to gamble on that and it’s a move that gets a passing grade.
Brandon Mebane: Telesco’s plan this offseason seems to include a focus on experienced veterans, those who he feels can still be productive beyond their years.
He apparently feels that Mebane is better for the team than either Philon or Square at this point, but the fact that Mebane is 34 years old is hard to overlook, particularly when Philon, who is almost a decade younger, was more productive last season.
The Chargers have a need for depth at the defensive tackle position but you have to trust Telesco’s plan. Mebane’s experience is hard to debate against and that is the reason why he is still with the team.