Chargers looking for a new contract: Part two
Why keep him: Ekeler is a great compliment to Melvin Gordon, sometimes performing even better than the lead back when the two split time.
Why not: There’s been Danny Woodhead, then Branden Oliver; could the next guy let go be Ekeler? In a year in which Telesco may have to give a fat contract to Gordon, he may have to make a tough decision and try to find another late-round or UDFA running back. Justin Jackson is also waiting in the wings to have a bigger role.
Why keep him: Coming into the league after Gordon, Watt has helped his college running mate rush for career numbers. He also contributes on special teams.
Why not: He’s a fullback.
Why keep him: Brown is a productive linebacker who provides solid depth and spot-start ability for the Chargers. His 255 combined career tackles are higher than Denzel Perryman’s 233.
Why not: It’s currently a crowded linebacker group, with Thomas Davis and Perryman brought in for two more years and with the team taking Drue Tranquill in the draft. He also has the most recent injury, being lost for the season in Week 17.
Why keep him: Rochell has done nothing but improve since coming into the league as a seventh-round selection, notching a career-high five regular season sacks. He can fill in well enough for Joey Bosa.
Why not: The Chargers may look to Rochell to back up Bosa, but when Bosa locks in a massive contract, the team may have no choice but to cut excess players. It would hurt their depth, but as Rochell himself was a late-round selection, Telesco can find another one.