Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports – LA Chargers
4. Bryan Bulaga
Bryan Bulaga did not have the kind of season Charger fans imagined last season. Bulaga could not stay healthy and even in the limited time he was on the field he was not as good as Charger fans would have hoped.
It is fair to chalk last season up to injuries and hope that Bulaga returns to form and is at least a league-average right tackle next season. However, what happened to Bulaga showcases why relying on veteran offensive linemen is a bad strategy. They are more likely to regress and get hurt.
For that reason, it would not be all that surprising to see Bulaga take yet another step back and not be the right tackle that the Chargers hoped he would be. That might seem impossible now, but let’s not forget how impossible it seemed for Trai Turner to be as bad as he was last year.
If Bulaga has anything but a good year in which he plays at least 14 games then it probably makes more sense for the Chargers to release Bulaga, save the money against the cap and pivot, hopefully to a younger option again early in the 2022 NFL Draft.
That is the only way to truly build a consistent offensive line that does not have the volatility that older offensive linemen have.