Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports – LA Chargers
3. Jurrell Casey would be a cheap signing for the LA Chargers
Anyone that reads my work here at Bolt Beat or have seen my interactions on social media knows that I hate over-relying on veterans to build a roster. I think the Chargers have fallen in that trap before of overpaying for veterans on their way down and then ignoring potential needs on the roster because they think the need is not there.
Case in point: the cornerbacks last season. The team signed Chris Harris (probably overpaid), which gave them a false sense of hope to ignore the position in the draft. Now we are in really murky waters with the future of the cornerback room both in 2021 and beyond.
This is different though. This is not a massively glaring need that needs to be addressed, this is a complementary piece to an area that can use some help but definitely can be put off for a year. This is a likely one-year signing for a minuscule amount of cap space.
I mean how much can we really expect Casey to get in free agency this offseason? He only played three games last season and he is over the age of 30. Everson Griffen got $6 million last offseason coming off of a Pro Bowl season. Casey probably will get in the $4-6 range over one season, not fully guaranteed.
That is completely doable for the LA Chargers, especially if they make the right move and waive Tai Turner to free up his $11.5 million.
Everyone is going to be chasing J.J. Watt, who would also be a great signing by Tom Telesco, don’t get me wrong. But while that happens, the Chargers can capitalize and pick up a just-as-good fit in Jurrell Casey.