The LA Chargers have a laundry list of free agents in 2021, five of which they can’t afford to let walk.
The LA Chargers will be in an interesting situation next offseason. The team does not have a ton of cap space but has several veteran contracts that can be easily removed with little or no dead cap while coming off of a season in which the team projects to be among the bottom five of the league.
It is not a great position to be in. The team does have its franchise quarterback in Justin Herbert, along with franchise cornerstones Joey Bosa, Keenan Allen and Derwin James, but the rest of this roster needs help.
Some of that help will simply be whoever the team can bring back in free agency. Of the 16 unrestricted free agents in 2021, here are five the team cannot afford to let walk.
Free agents the LA Chargers must re-sign: 5. Nick Vigil
This might be a shocking one as Nick Vigil has not had a big role on this defense nor has he been this big help in special teams. However, the Chargers need depth at the linebacker position, making it optimal for the team to re-sign Vigil to a small, one-year contract.
Now, some may say that the team cannot afford to let Denzel Perryman walk, which is fair. Perryman has been much better this season and will really help the depth next season.
However, it is clear that the team is grooming Kenneth Murray to essentially be the next Denzel Perryman, plus, Perryman may have priced himself out of LA. Expect another article about free agents that have priced themselves away from the Bolts.
Thus, the next-best depth option is Vigil. It might sound absurd, but part of the correct offseason puzzle is making these lesser-impact moves to fill out the roster.