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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 Steven Ryan/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers
(Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers

1. Kelvin Beachum

Kelvin Beachum is not a Pro Bowl offensive lineman like Trai Turner, but there is reason to believe that he would do a better job for the Los Angeles Chargers in 2020 than Russell Okung would have done if he was not traded.

Beachum is coming off of a great season with the New York Jets, which happened to be the last year of his three-year, $24 million contract. While Beachum played great, he did not break any glass ceilings, and with his age, he will probably get a similar contract this offseason.

That makes Beachum a great mid-range contract to sign to help bolster the offensive line, as at the very most, the Chargers would likely have to sign him to a four-year deal worth $40 million. It is hard to see him making any more than $10 million per season.

Beachum is smaller in stature for a tackle, which hurt his stock coming into the league, but he has proven with his athleticism and quickness that he is a starting-caliber tackle at the NFL level.

Not only is he starting-caliber, but Beachum is above-average and consistent. He has missed a combined four games the last four seasons, which is a huge plus for a potential target of the Chargers.

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