Chargers Free Agency

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 Joe Scarnici/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

3. Leonard Floyd

The LA Chargers could bring Leonard Floyd in to follow Brandon Staley

Brandon Staley has one of the best defensive minds in football and his impact on where he has coached is very noticeable. Staley has coached the Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Rams, all of which has exceptional defenses (and linebacker units) while Staley was there.

He has worked with some of the best defensive players in the league in Khalil Mack, Von Miller and Aaron Donald and has turned good players into great players.

Leonard Floyd is the perfect example. Floyd spent time with Staley while he was the outside linebackers coach in Chicago and came to LA to reunite with him in LA last season.

Floyd has been his best with Staley and he is someone who would fit into this defense perfectly if the team switched to a 3-4 defense. Floyd brings exactly what the Chargers would need out of an outside linebacker and we know he can thrive next to elite defensive linemen.

The one thing about Floyd is the price. Floyd is going to cost around the same as Watt, if not more. However, as a younger option, it arguably would be a better use of the team’s funds.

Next. Buy or sell offensive line free agents

Spotract estimates Leonard Floyd to get a four-year, $52.4 million contract. That is a salary that is slightly less than Watt’s, with more overall money, obviously.

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