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LA Chargers: 3 free agents that have existing ties to the Chargers

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Josh Mauro #97 of the Arizona Cardinals during warm-ups prior to the start of NFL game action against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on September 25, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Josh Mauro #97 of the Arizona Cardinals during warm-ups prior to the start of NFL game action against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on September 25, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Free agent with ties to the LA Chargers: TE Charles Clay

Connection to the LA Chargers: Tyrod Taylor and Anthony Lynn

We listed the tight end position was listed as one of the five weakest positions on the roster in an article earlier this offseason. While Hunter Henry is one of the best pass-catching tight ends in the league, the depth behind him is questionable, at best.

Virgil Green is solid in his role as a blocking specialist but is not really an asset in the passing game whatsoever. Unless XFL signing Donald Parham blossoms into a legitimate target for the Bolts, the team does not really have anyone behind Henry that could be relied upon to catch passes.

That could change if the team brings in veteran tight end, Charles Clay.

Clay’s best days in the NFL came with the Buffalo Bills, where he was teammates with Tyrod Taylor on a team that had Anthony Lynn on the coaching staff. Clay was consistently one of Taylor’s most reliable targets, hauling in over 500 yards in his first three seasons with the team.

Clay would be a great addition to the tight end room to serve as a potential red-zone target as well as someone who could get open in play-action plays in 2-3 tight end sets, which might fit the Chargers’ offensive style more in 2020.

And if Henry gets hurt the team would have someone with experience and chemistry with the quarterback that would at least give some sort of threat at the tight end position.

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