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LA Chargers: 4 biggest takeaways from the first wave of free agency

Corey Linsley is scheduled to enter free agency next spring and the Packers might not have enough room under the salary cap to sign the center. Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Packers center Corey Linsley (63) provides pass protection while blocking Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jalyn Holmes (90) during the fourth quarter of their Nov. 1, 2020 game at Lambeau Field.
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Corey Linsley is scheduled to enter free agency next spring and the Packers might not have enough room under the salary cap to sign the center. Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Packers center Corey Linsley (63) provides pass protection while blocking Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jalyn Holmes (90) during the fourth quarter of their Nov. 1, 2020 game at Lambeau Field. Packers02 44
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(Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The LA Chargers have made a slew of moves in what can be deemed the first wave of NFL free agency. Legal tampering officially opened on Monday and that is when all of the big moves were officially announced. The first day of free agency was officially Wednesday.

The Chargers have made five marquee signings this offseason. Among bringing back Michael Davis, the Chargers also signed Corey Linsley, Matt Feiler, Jared Cook and Oday Aboushi. The team also made lesser moves in re-signing the likes of Brandon Facyson, Ty Long and Michael Badgley, among others.

There are still one or two impactful moves to be made before the 2021 NFL Draft. While those moves will also be telling, there are already some notable takeaways from the Bolts’ action this offseason.

1. The LA Chargers really seems to be targeting versatility in operation protect Justin Herbert

The LA Chargers have signed three offensive linemen this offseason in what is looking like a complete revamp of the position. The most significant signing was Corey Linsley, although Feiler and Aboushi are both quality signings as well.

The Chargers landed both guys for tremendous value and while neither are going to be Pro Bowlers, if they play as they previously have then it is an upgrade for the Bolts.

More importantly, both Feiler and Aboushi are versatile. Aboushi can play on either side of the offensive line on the inside while Feiler can play both guard and tackle.

There are so many moving parts on the offensive line and it is a welcome sign to see the Chargers valuing this versatility. Perhaps that means that the team is targeting Rashawn Slater and Alijah Vera-Tucker as their number one and two offensive line options in the draft.

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