Ryan Schraeder – Free Agent
Schraeder is likely the top option available at this time. While he did not perform as well last year as some of the potential roster cuts, his presence suggests that it may be best for the Chargers to dip into free agency early.
From 2015-2017, Schraeder was among the top offensive tackles in the league for the Atlanta Falcons. However, he had a steep decline in 2018 which ended with him being benched in a very disappointing year.
Schraeder was cut because (after 2018) he was considered a borderline starter on the offensive line that was on a contract set to pay him an average of $6.3 million per year.
If the Bolts could get him for a couple million less than that on a short-term deal, it could be an ideal arrangement for both sides.
Jermey Parnell – Free Agent
From 2015-2018, Parnell was a starter at right tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars. While PFF and others would generally call Parnell an average offensive lineman, an average starter would provide stellar competition at the position.
Parnell was cut from the Jaguars as he had been somewhat injury-plagued the last two seasons, and his release freed up $6 million in cap space.
Similar to Schraeder, Parnell was being paid $6.4 million per year before his release. While his injury history makes him a less desirable addition than Schraeder, paying him a decent amount below his prior contract with play-time incentives would be a coup for Tom Telesco.
Chris Clark – Free Agent
Chris Clark does not have quite the same history of contributing as a starter as either Schraeder or Parnell, but he proved last year that he can be effective when called into action.
Last season, Clark was added to the Carolina Panthers roster after injuries to two other tackles, but he ended up starting 13 games and was decent, earning a 60.7 backup-level grade from PFF.
While not as exciting as the two other options above, Clark would come at a fraction of the cost. He played for only $915,000 last year and could likely be had again for a similar price. Though he is an aging player, he could be worth a look now.