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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 Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

3. There is a tight end in the 2021 NFL Draft that the team likes to be a long-term option

The LA Chargers lost Hunter Henry to the New England Patriots and to replace him the team signed Jared Cook to a one-year, $6 million contract with $4.5 million guaranteed. It was a bargain signing, and while I personally was not a fan (because of Cook’s age), most fans seemed to really like it.

Regardless of what your take on Cook is the fact of the matter is that he is not a long-term option. He probably is not even a two-year option. Cook signed a one-year deal and that is likely going to be the extent of his tenure with the Chargers.

The Bolts need a long-term solution at the position.

This tells me that there is someone, or perhaps a handful of prospects, that the Chargers really like in the mid-rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft. Tommy Tremble out of Notre Dame is a fan-favorite option for the team to pick in the third round and Telesco does love to pick Notre Dame prospects, so it feels like a possibility.

Regardless of who it is, the Chargers are going to take a tight end higher than most expected as they do not have that long-term option and the best-case scenario is getting someone in for a season to learn and develop instead of throwing a rookie out there next year.

And I know what you are thinking: what about Donald Parham? I am a big fan of Parham and was a big supporter of the signing last offseason, but we do need to slow down. Parham has not shown the ability to block well enough to be a TE1 and while he is exciting, he has not proven to be anything more than a red-zone target.

Could he blossom into a TE1? Sure. But he has not shown enough for the LA Chargers to fully trust in him to do so and ignore the position in the draft.

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