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Los Angeles Chargers: Free agent tackles to target after Trai Turner trade

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - NOVEMBER 03: Trai Turner #70 of the Carolina Panthers before their game against the Tennessee Titans at Bank of America Stadium on November 03, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - NOVEMBER 03: Trai Turner #70 of the Carolina Panthers before their game against the Tennessee Titans at Bank of America Stadium on November 03, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers
(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers pulled off a tremendous trade with the Carolina Panthers for guard Trai Turner, which impacts their free-agent targets.

The Los Angeles Chargers pulled off a highway robbery and the main guilty suspect is none other than Chargers general manager, Tom Telesco. Telesco flipped former Pro Bowl tackle Russell Okung to the Carolina Panthers for Pro Bowl guard, Trai Turner.

On the surface, this might seem like a mere offensive line swap where both teams got Pro Bowl players in return. That is not at all the case.

The Chargers received a guard who has been a a Pro Bowler in each of the last five seasons, has two more seasons under contract and is only 26 years old. In return, the Panthers received a tackle who has not been a Pro Bowler since 2017, only played in six games last season, is 32-years-old and has only one season under contract.

The Chargers are even paying less salary as well. The Panthers are paying $13 million for Okung while the Chargers are paying $8.5 million this season and $11 million next season for Turner.

It was a fantastic trade and while it opened up a hole at offensive tackle, it sealed shut a hole in the interior. With the team saving money and making an improvement at the same time, the front office now has the capability to explore free agency to replace Okung.

The Chargers very well could select a starting left tackle in the first or second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. If they want to go the way of an experienced tackle, here are some free agents that we should focus on.

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