Chargers Free Agency

6 cheap free agents that the LA Chargers should have signed

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 15: Phillip Lindsay #30 of the Denver Broncos looks on before the start of a game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on November 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 15: Phillip Lindsay #30 of the Denver Broncos looks on before the start of a game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on November 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Barkevious Mingo, signed with the Atlanta Falcons for one-year, $1.25 million

News of Barkevious Mingo signing with the Atlanta Falcons was just reported on Tuesday morning, so this is a relatively fresh player that the Chargers missed out on at the time of writing this. Of the free agents remaining when I went to bed last night, Mingo was one that I was enticed by and I thought the Bolts would be as well.

We have no idea whether or not the Chargers pursued Mingo but he would have been a good fit, especially at that price point. One of the biggest roster needs that the Chargers have is on the edge, especially to generate pass rush.

Mingo is someone who could have fit Brandon Staley’s vision for the defense as an outside linebacker. He is not as well-rounded as you would want for an OLB, but as a depth option for a team that literally has no OLB depth, he would have been solid.

Mingo’s production has dipped as his playing time has gone down the last two seasons. However, Mingo’s best years of his career came when Staley was the OLBs coach of the Chicago Bears.

And better yet, Mingo is a solid special teams player that would help reinvent that side of the ball for the Chargers, which is much-needed.

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