LB Nick Vigil
Another familiar face for the Chargers to pursue
Henry and cornerback Michael Davis will dominate the Chargers’ internal free-agent discussions. Don’t let that take your eye off the ball when it comes to some of the good depth pieces though. Denzel Perryman had a great year at linebacker last year and his 2021 free agent classmate Nick Vigil is due for a new contract as well.
Vigil was solid in 2019 when he needed to step up following the Drue Tranquill injury and Kyzir White’s missed time. He was around the ball on turnovers and got into the backfield at a decent clip. His tackling grade on PFF was the highest it’s ever been in his career. Three missed tackles is the fewest in a season from him since his rookie season.
Last offseason he signed a 1 year, $2.4 million dollar deal with the Chargers. I’d imagine he gets about the same type of deal this offseason. For a decent contributor and backup, that’s pretty good value.
Optimally, the Chargers want Drue Tranquill and Kyzir White healthy for all 16 games in 2020. The reality of them having to miss a few games here or there is possible though, even if neither suffers a season-ending injury. Vigil provides veteran leadership and can step up in a pinch if need be, even as a play-caller.