Grading the Chargers' first wave of signings in 2024 free agency

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Chargers grade for signing Hayden Hurst: C-

The Chargers made a second addition to the tight end room in free agency as the team signed Hayden Hurst to a relatively cheap contract. Just like with Edwards, it was Hurst's connections with the front office that likely landed him this job in LA.

Hurst played for the Baltimore Ravens while Hortiz was obviously on the staff and that seemed to be the driving force behind this signing as there are concerns around Hurst and his availability. Adding to the end room alone is a good idea with how thin it is but Hurst may not be a reliable option to help this turnaround at the position.

Hurst has missed 16 games over the last three seasons and has real concussion concerns heading into 2024. One more bad concussion and Hurst may have to shut it down for his own personal health and that is something the Chargers have to be cognizant of.

If Hurst can return to his old pass-catching form then the Chargers will at least have a decent pass-catching option to throw to. The only problem is that Hurst is an awful blocker, and that does not help the area where the Chargers are the weakest.

Thankfully the Chargers signed Dissly to be the blocking tight end in the room because Hurst and Donald Parham are an even worse blocking duo than what the team had last season.