Chargers have two of NFL.com’s top 25 free agents
By Travis Wakeman
The Los Angeles Chargers may be coming off a 5-11 season, but the team has some hot property to be claimed this offseason.
The Chargers have some players who will be highly sought after when the free-agent signing period starts. Will these players stay in a powder blue jersey or will another team swoop in and pry them away?
NFL.com recently compiled a list of the top 25 free agents this offseason and the Chargers had two players land on that list. Both players have been discussed heavily here on Bolt Beat.
Coming in at No. 15 on the list is tight end Hunter Henry, who we talked about as being a possible target of the New England Patriots. The Chargers would obviously like to keep Henry in Los Angeles, but the Patriots do make sense as a possible destination.
What Tom Brady decides to do with his future could have a big impact on that.
At the very next slot, No. 16, is Philip Rivers. There have been talks swirling around the team’s long-time starting quarterback and what his future holds, particularly after his move to Florida.
For what it’s worth, there are five quarterbacks ahead of Rivers on this list, including Dak Prescott, who comes in at No.1.
What is most interesting about his list is that it does not include Melvin Gordon. However, Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry is the only running back that did make the list.
Gordon’s value has dropped following what can only be described as a disastrous 2019 season where he likely cost himself a ton of money between holding out and subsequently posting low numbers.
The fate of those three players will shape the Chargers’ offseason and what the team decides to do in 2020. How many of them will the Chargers bring back and if they don’t bring them back, where will Henry, Rivers and Gordon be playing next season?
The Chargers have assets that several outsiders view as prized possessions. But do they still fit in the team’s plans and do their potential contracts fit within the salary cap?