Chargers Free Agency

What Chargers interest in LeSean McCoy may have meant

By Tyler Schoon
CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 19: LeSean McCoy /
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CARSON, CA – NOVEMBER 19: LeSean McCoy /

Chargers want to continue to add veteran leadership

The Chargers have made veteran leadership a point of emphasis this offseason, retaining nose tackle Brandon Mebane with a new contract as well as giving a two-year deal to Pro-Bowl linebacker Thomas Davis. It’s clear the team likes to integrate veterans with a young core of players to promote learning. Another veteran returning already is helping Jerry Tillery establish himself in the NFL:

Damion Square showing the rookie Jerry Tillery a few tricks #Chargers

— Gilbert Manzano (@GManzano24) August 11, 2019

McCoy would bring a wealth of knowledge to a running back group projected to be without Gordon. That group, as it currently stands, has Ekeler as its most experienced player at just two seasons in the NFL. McCoy, as previously mentioned, as played in 10 seasons, accumulating over 13,000 total yards across 147 games played. Only averaging under four yards per carry once in his entire NFL career, McCoy has been one of the most consistent backs in the league in terms of efficiency.

It doesn’t mean Ekeler and Jackson don’t know how to be pros; in fact, Anthony Lynn had Ekeler give the team a speech prior to the final preseason game to inspire roster bubble players to fight for a spot on the team as he once did. The team believes in its running back corps, but it also could benefit from having a veteran presence both in the locker room and in the backfield.