1. Sam Tevi
Sam Tevi is not a great starting tackle option and right now is a depth option for the Los Angeles Chargers at right tackle. However, Chargers GM Tom Telesco said in a conference call that Tevi has “very good left tackle feet” which could lead to him being in the running for the starting tackle job (h/t Bolts From the Blue).
After seeing how Tevi performed on the field, the best hope is that Telesco is simply painting Tevi’s value higher than it is. While there is nothing wrong with him being a depth option, him starting would not be the best outlook.
If the Chargers draft a tackle in the 2020 NFL Draft then they could afford to include Tevi in a package for more draft capital and he would have some value on the market as tackle depth is hard to come by in the league.
Assuming they draft a starting-caliber tackle early in the draft, the team would have the rookie and Bryan Bulaga anchoring the ends of the offensive line. Then, the team would also have Trey Pipkins, who showed potential in his rookie year, and recent XFL signing Storm Norton as depth options.
Norton had the highest offensive line grade in the XFL, according to Pro Football Focus.
That is plenty of depth at the tackle position. Heck, if Forrest Lamp makes the transition to tackle, which Telesco also mentioned in the same conference call, then they could afford to move Tevi.
The Chargers would save $2.13 million in cap space this season by trading Tevi.