On Wednesday, the LA Chargers made the expected move to cut Brandon Mebane for cap space. Now, the Chargers must find a replacement for their former run-stuffing nose tackle.
While Mebane was never quite as effective as Williams, he served his job well, especially in the first few years of his contract. Mebane was an effective run-stuffer and great team leader.
However, it clearly made sense to cut the veteran. With the move, the Chargers saved about $4.5 million, which is probably worth more at this point than Mebane’s abilities as a declining run-stuffer.
However, without Mebane, the Chargers have a bit of a hole at nose tackle. While Justin Jones and Jerry Tillery make for a solid duo of improving defensive tackles, both are a bit undersized to serve in the traditional nose tackle role.
However, Square is currently an unrestricted free agent. Even with his re-signing though, the Chargers could probably stand to add another large nose tackle to rotate in with Square. It is also worth noting that the run-stuffing Mebane is twenty pounds larger than Square, so having a larger run-stuffing option would be ideal.
Below are some free agent options that could help to replace the hole left in the defensive line by the big-bodied Mebane.