Chargers: Ranking team’s top three positions to target in free agency
By Travis Wakeman
The Chargers need to fix the offensive line and take a much different approach to do so then they have in year’s past.
Drafting a tackle at No. 6 overall is a popular opinion of fans and draft analysts alike but the interior of the line needs help at well.
At guard, the Chargers have Dan Feeney and the oft-injured Forrest Lamp. Michael Schofield is set to become an unrestricted free agent, as is center Mike Pouncey. That leaves Scott Quessenberry and Ryan Groy as the only other natural interior linemen on the roster.
It seems that the team will move on from Pouncey and go forward with Quessenberry at center. But what does the team do at guard? Should the Chargers be happy with the combination of Feeney and Lamp or should they look for an upgrade in free agency?
Potential free-agent fixes: Brandon Scherff, Andrus Peat, re-sign Schofield.
Scherff will be the biggest name on the market in terms of a free-agent guard this offseason as the former first-round draft pick is an absolute road grader in the run game. However, he also comes with some concerns as he has missed 15 games in his career.
Scherff has also made the Pro Bowl three times and is better than any guard on the Chargers roster by a considerable margin. However, it’s not likely that the Washington Redskins allow him to go somewhere else as they will likely just re-sign him. The same is probably true with Peat and the New Orleans Saints.
As far as free agency goes, the best move might be to just re-sign Schofield due to his familiarity with the team. He can be that important swing lineman, able to line up at several different spots.