The LA Chargers have the foundations in place to be a Super Bowl contending team. They have one of the best young quarterbacks in the league on his rookie deal and have star talent already around him.
The front office needs to add depth to the roster and fill out the areas of need and the Chargers are trending really well for 2021 and beyond. A big part of that equation is the 2021 NFL Draft while free agency is especially important as well.
New head coach Brandon Staley is trying to implement a new, winning culture with this football team and the moves that the team makes are going to reflect that wanted culture. In fact, I would not be surprised to see the Chargers pursue free agents who have plenty of success in their background to help instill that new culture.
Here are 4 free agent targets that the LA Chargers could pursue to instill a winning culutre:
1. Corey Linsley
Corey Linsley is coming off of a career-year with the Green Bay Packers in which he was named an All-Pro. He was absolutely fantastic for Green Bay and while it was a career-year, Linsley was still very solid in the years prior while snapping the ball to Aaron Rodgers.
Centers do not get paid as much as other offensive linemen and the Chargers need to build the offensive line, including the center position. As someone who does not love over-spending for aged offensive lineman, I do admit that if the Chargers were to sign one free-agent offensive lineman this season, it should be the center position.
Linsley knows what it takes to make a deep playoff run and has been playing alongside one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time. That knowledge would be huge not just for Justin Herbert but for the rest of a (hopefully) young offensive line that the Chargers bring in via the draft.
He definitely is in the Chargers’ price range. Spotrac estimates that Linsley three-year, $29.1 million contract.