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LA Chargers: Free agents to now target with J.J. Watt now unavailable

CLEVELAND, OHIO - NOVEMBER 15: Defensive end J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans warms up prior to the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 15, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OHIO - NOVEMBER 15: Defensive end J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans warms up prior to the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 15, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

While the LA Chargers were never officially reported to be in contact with J.J. Watt, there was cautious optimism among Charger fans that the Bolts could sign the former All-Pro defensive end.

To be fair, there were not many teams that were reported to be in contact with Watt and even the team he signed with, the Arizona Cardinals, did not have much steam behind them prior to Watt’s announcement on Twitter.

Watt on the Chargers would have been really fun, but it is probably a good thing that the Chargers did not pay the price that Watt ended up going for. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Cardinals signed Watt to a two-year, $31 million contract with $23 million guaranteed.

As fun as Watt and Joey Bosa would have been together, that is too high of a price point for a 32-year-old defensive player with injury history and other roster needs present. When I pitched Watt as a great fit, I was incorrectly assuming that his price would be lower.

An edge rusher is still an area of the need for the LA Chargers

Whether the LA Chargers run a 3-4 defense or a 4-3 defense next season the team is going to need to add another edge rusher. That need will be increased with a change to a 3-4 defense, including the need to add more beef at defensive end to help the team against the run.

In a 3-4 defense the team is going to need an outside linebacker who can do multiple things. In a 4-3 defense, the team is going to need someone to provide depth and play alongside Uchenna Nwosu on the other side.

Watt could have really done either for the Bolts. Now that he is off the board, we must turn our focus elsewhere. Here is who the Chargers can now turn their focus towards.

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