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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 Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers
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3. Bryan Bulaga

This signing would indicate that Bryan Bulaga would shift from the right side of the offensive line to the left side of the offensive line. And while the Chargers could try and play Sam Tevi or a second-round pick at left tackle, I would rather have the experienced tackle block the quarterback’s blindside.

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Bulaga is one of the most underappreciated tackles in the league. Despite being a staple for the Green Bay Packers and consistently blocking at a Pro Bowl level, Bulaga has not been named a Pro Bowler once in his career.

While that is unfortunate, it is likely going to drive his price down some on the free-agent market, which is great for the Chargers. Bulaga is someone who absolutely can perform at a Pro Bowl level, and at least be better than Okung, and is not going to cost the Chargers an arm and a leg.

Spotrac estimates Bulaga to get a three-year, $30.4 million contract. $10 million a season for a player of Bulaga’s caliber is nothing and the Chargers would be getting a great price for a great addition to the line.

It does not appear like the Chargers will have much competition with Bulaga’s current team, the Green Bay Packers, either. Bulaga said in an interview with The Athletic that he has not heard anything from the Green Bay Packers regarding free agency (h/t Sports Illustrated).

Bulaga did say that his preference is to re-sign with the Packers and finish his career with one team, but if Green Bay significantly undervalues him, then the team that values him the most in free agency will likely sign him.

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Bulaga would absolutely be an improvement from Russell Okung and with the addition of Trai Turner, Tom Telesco would have revamped the offensive line in a hurry.

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