LA Chargers: Pass or pursue on two recently released Atlanta Falcons
By Jason Reed
The LA Chargers should pass on Allen Bailey
Melvin Ingram is a free agent this offseason and the only other edge that the LA Chargers can trust to play significant snaps on the team is Uchenna Nwosu. There is the potential of playing Jerry Tillery at defensive end, but defensive tackle is too thin to do that, in my opinion.
Despite that, there is no reason whatsoever to pursue Allen Bailey. You could make the case that Bailey can provide veteran depth just in case of injury, but I would not even want that. I would rather have a mid-to-late-round rookie as depth so they can at least progress their game in the process.
Allen simply has not been good for the last half-decade and while I can talk myself into Allen playing better in the right defense, I cannot talk myself into a 33-year-old defensive end to suddenly have a bounce-back season.
It would kind of be a waste of a roster spot and with the salary cap floor being bumped up to $180 million I think there is a better chance than people think of Melvin Ingram re-signing with the team.
I would rather pay Melvin Ingram $4-5 million (because that is likely all he is going to get) than pay Bailer $1-2 million any day of the week.
Quite frankly, I would not be shocked if Bailey already played the last game of his NFL career.