Chargers Free Agency

How Chargers contracts compare to top NFL deals

CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 22: Casey Hayward
CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 22: Casey Hayward
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BOWLING GREEN, KY – DECEMBER 03: Head coach Jeff Brohm and Forrest Lamp #76 of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers celebrate following the game against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Houchens-Smith Stadium on December 3, 2016 in Champaign, Illinois. Western Kentucky defeated Louisiana Tech 58-44. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
BOWLING GREEN, KY – DECEMBER 03: Head coach Jeff Brohm and Forrest Lamp #76 of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers celebrate following the game against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Houchens-Smith Stadium on December 3, 2016 in Champaign, Illinois. Western Kentucky defeated Louisiana Tech 58-44. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Chargers contracts: Tackle

Highest-paid: Trenton Brown, Raiders: $36.25 million

Chargers: Russell Okung: $25.0 million

Okung boasts one of the bigger tackle contracts in the NFL, and is currently the 32nd-highest paid player in the entire league. It’s a hefty price to pay, but it’s largely been worth it. Okung was a Pro-Bowl player in 2017 and PFF’s 11th-ranked tackle in 2018.

Chargers contracts: Guard

Highest-paid: Zach Martin, Cowboys: $32.0 million

Chargers: Forrest Lamp: $3.756 million

Go figure the highest-paid guard on the team has seen the least amount of snaps. However, Lamp will be given every opportunity to earn his contract in 2019. Whether at tackle or guard, the former second-round pick may finally find his place with the starting unit for the first time in his entire career.

Chargers contracts: Center

Highest-paid: Ryan Jensen, Buccaneers: $22.0 million

Chargers: Mike Pouncey: $10.0 million

There’s only one year left on this two-year deal, but it’s been a bargain thus far. In his first season with the Chargers, Pouncey was named to the Pro-Bowl and graded out as the NFL’s 25th-ranked center in 2018.

Chargers contracts: Tight end

Highest-paid: T.J. Hockensen, Lions: $19.821 million

Chargers: Virgil Green: $5.9 million

Green has the highest amount of initial guarantees of any tight end associated with the Chargers, but may be the least talked about. The story has been and will be the return of Hunter Henry, who will earn himself a much bigger contract soon. Antonio Gates will be a bigger story if and when he returns, and the possible ascension of Sean Culkin as a decent blocker who may overtake Green is much more discussed. Not that Green cares; he’s a millionaire.

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