3 free agents the Chargers could be waiting to sign until after the 2022 NFL Draft

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1. Oday Aboushi

Oday Aboushi is someone who we have highlighted multiple times here at Bolt Beat and it seems more likely than not that he will return to the Chargers for the 2022 season. There was a lot of intrigue around Aboushi heading into the 2021 season as the Bolts signed him on an absolute steal of a contract and there was promising tape from his time with the Detroit Lions.

Aboushi won the starting right guard spot for the team and he was showing that potential at the start of the season. While he was by no means an elite guard for the Bolts, he was more than holding his own and was on his way to being one of the best value signings in the league.

Then Aboushi's promising season ended with a torn ACL in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns. It happened early enough that Aboushi should be able to play most, if not all, of the 2022 season. His value is not going to be higher than it was last offseason after the injury, so the Bolts could re-sign him for even cheaper.

The starting option at right guard right now for the Chargers is Brenden Jaimes, who could not even get playing time over Senio Kelemete last season. The Bolts need to add depth to the position and even if they draft a guard in the first round, they could be doing so with the intent of kicking Matt Feiler out to right tackle.

Unless the team has its eyes set on a different right guard, there is only one situation in which Aboushi won't be re-signed; if the Chargers land both a starting right guard and right tackle with the team's first two picks of the draft.