The LA Chargers made some bold moves in free agency this offseason and still have the means to spend more in free agency if they so desire. The Chargers currently, according to Over The Cap, have just under $20 million in salary-cap space and no free agent at this point is going to cost much.
There is speculation of the Chargers making a trade for Julio Jones, who is almost undoubtedly going to be traded this offseason. The Chargers make perfect sense for Jones, so it is just a matter of whether or not Tom Telesco pulls the trigger.
If not, the Chargers could add to the depth of the roster with small signings in free agency. If the team does make a signing, it will likely be someone who has existing ties to the LA Chargers. That is just how it works at this stage.
Here are 3 available free agents with existing ties to the LA Chargers
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1. Nick Easton, G
- Connection: Joe Lombardi
Nick Easton was released by the New Orleans Saints this offseason and is still on the market waiting to be signed. Easton is not a great guard by any sense of the word, but he is a solid depth option and is more than capable of coming off the bench to provide non-disastrous snaps on the offensive line.
Easton’s connection with the Chargers is new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, who was the quarterbacks coach in New Orleans. Easton spent time protecting Lombardi’s quarterbacks and perhaps that will get him in the door to be a depth option in LA.
There is nothing wrong with adding depth and if you ever think they are adding too much depth then they need to add even more. Injuries will happen and outside of Brenden Jaimes, who has not even taken an NFL snap, I do not love the depth options on the offensive line, let alone at guard.