Experienced Upside — The guys with potential
James Conner (26) – He can resign with Pittsburgh but 1) they have some financial finagling of their own 2) his relationship with Mike Tomlin is damaged.
Like Ingram above, he too may be looking for a starting job, but Conner’s lack of availability the last two years will give organizations pause. Conner’s proven ability between the tackles and as receiver will compliment Ekeler.
Gus Edwards (26) – Has yet to be a lead back. Last year he was in a 3-way share with rookie J.K. Dobbins and Ingram in Baltimore. Not much in the receiving department but a career average of 5.2 yards per carry (YPC) is highly appealing.
Jamaal Williams (26) – A capable between the tackle’s runner. Williams is much better in the passing game. However, he has shown improvement as an NFL running back, finishing 2020 with 4.2 ypc and over 500 yards rushing.
So, there is a variety of free-agent running back options. Again, this isn’t a pressing need for the LA Chargers to fill.
Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley can do the job effectively. However, both of those players were drafted under former head coach Anthony Lynn’s watch. Will Brandon Staley like what they offer or will he want to bring in a running back he’s more familiar with?