Grading the Los Angeles Chargers’ free agency signings

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(Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers
(Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers /

The free agency frenzy started off in a big way for the Los Angeles Chargers in the first week, but how do the moves really stack up?

Los Angeles Chargers fans have been clamoring for general manager Tom Telesco to be more active in free agency for years. They finally got their wish in 2020. He’s always been one of the better executives in the league and finding the value signings.

That’s been the theme of the offseason so far this year as well. While the twitter outrage crowd was losing their collective minds as teams like the Jets, Lions and Dolphins splurged for career backups, Telesco was waiting in the wings to pounce on the value signings. Whether you like his approach or not, he played the game smarter than anyone else this week.

Telesco has done a fantastic job addressing the positions of need so far this week. The offensive line is getting big upgrades with the trade for Trai Turner and signing of Bryan Bulaga, Brandon Mebane was replaced with Linval Joseph and Chris Harris Jr. joins an already very good Chargers secondary. All four of those moves are big-time additions and each of them presents the team with great value financially.

As of writing this, the team still has enough space to potentially make one more signing or bring back a couple of their own free agents like Damion Square, Jaylen Watkins or Jatavis Brown. If the offseason consisted only of those four moves, it would be a very good offseason. We’ll see if they bring anyone else in but let’s go move by move and detail why they make sense.