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Chargers: 7 moves team should make regarding current roster

CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 15: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 talks with head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers on the bench in the second half of the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 15, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 15: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 talks with head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers on the bench in the second half of the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 15, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 13: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots shakes hands with Brandon Mebane #92 of the Los Angeles Chargers following the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 13: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots shakes hands with Brandon Mebane #92 of the Los Angeles Chargers following the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) /

Roster move No.7: Cut defensive tackle Brandon Mebane

Brandon Mebane simply doesn’t have much of an impact on the Chargers defense anymore. Posting a 48.1 overall grade according to Pro Football Focus, Mebane’s days playing in the NFL seem to be coming to an end.

While he was never viewed as one of the top interior linemen in football during his time with the Chargers, he was a solid run-stopper for two seasons on what was a horrific run defense team.

This past season however, Mebane was practically nonexistent on defense. The Chargers losing Corey Liuget was bad enough, so having Mebane on the field with barely any impact was only adding fuel to the fire. Somehow the defense managed to hold up, and that is most likely a testament to Bradley’s game plan (although it could use some tweaks).

Cutting Mebane would save the Chargers almost $5 million this year, and he is due to become a free agent afterward anyway. Like Okung, if Mebane were to retire it would be better for everyone involved. However, if he truly believes he has more productive football ahead of him, it should not be with the Chargers.

Get Jerry Tillery playing consistently and see what can be done to address the second interior lineman spot. Whether it’s Sylvester Williams, Justin Jones, or Damion Square; there isn’t really any case for it to be Mebane.

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