Chargers Free Agency

Chargers players looking for a new contract in 2020

CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 22: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers scores a touchdown during the game against the Denver Broncos at the StubHub Center on October 22, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 22: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers scores a touchdown during the game against the Denver Broncos at the StubHub Center on October 22, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – NOVEMBER 25: Running back Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs after his catch in front of defensive back David Amerson #38 of the Arizona Cardinals during the third quarter at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – NOVEMBER 25: Running back Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs after his catch in front of defensive back David Amerson #38 of the Arizona Cardinals during the third quarter at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Chargers looking for a new contract: Part two

Austin Ekeler

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.

Derek Watt

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.

Jatavis Brown

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.

Isaac Rochell

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.

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