Chargers Free Agency

3 bargain free agents the Chargers should look to sign in free agency

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Dennis Kelly
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1. Dennis Kelly

After significantly upgrading the offensive line last offseason, the Bolts need to finish the units revamp in the 2022 offseason.

After Bryan Bulaga only managed to play two quarters of football this past season, cutting him and saving $10.750 million seems like a no-brainer decision. Assuming the front office goes ahead with this decision, the Bolts would be left with a massive hole at right tackle. Storm Norton was serviceable in 2021 but is clearly not the answer.

Free agent tackle Dennis Kelly is a player who I believe would available at a reasonable price and is good enough to be a stop-gap at the RT position for one or two seasons. After being plugged into play late in the season for the Packers, Kelly held his own against some of the best pass rushers in the league. In their playoff game against the 49ers, Kelly earned a 72.5 grade for his performance, the 3rd highest score on the Green Bay offense.

Entering his 10th season, the former Titans OT is a tried and trusty veteran who will be a non-issue on the offensive line. Kelly's 6'8" frame and surprise athleticism make him a formidable run blocker, something the Chargers dearly missed on the right side of the line last year.

With Packers starting RT Billy Turner expected to return next season to his incumbent role, it seems unlikely to me that Green Bay will pay anything over $2-2.5 million for Kelly to return as a backup. I think the Chargers could lure Kelly to LA on a one year, $5 million contract, providing Justin Herbert with much more stability on the right side of the offensive line.

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