The LA Chargers’ second mistake: Letting Adrian Phillips walk away
There were other more notable LA Chargers free agents that signed with other teams, but it made sense in both of those cases for the Chargers to bite the bullet and let them walk away. It was clear that the relationship with Philip Rivers had simply run its course and Melvin Ingram already had one foot out the door during his early-season holdout.
The one that did not make a lot of sense was letting Adrian Phillips walk. It is not like Phillips signed a large contract with the New England Patriots (two years, $6 million) and the Chargers currently have the cap space available to sign Phillips.
It appears as if the Chargers are going to use Desmond King in that hybrid defensive role that Phillips played and perhaps the Chargers did not want to pay him after he was injured last season but it still does not make a lot of sense.
Even if King is able to do what Phillips did on this defense, the Chargers are going to be missing out on Phillips’ special teams’ contributions and only weakened their depth.
If it was a bigger contract or if the LA Chargers were strapped for cash then it would make sense and it would be at least excusable. That is not the case in this instance, making it one of the most bewildering things for the Chargers this offseason.