Chargers Free Agency

3 Bears free agents who could follow Khalil Mack to LA Chargers

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Tarik Cohen
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3. Tarik Cohen

This is the definition of a flier as there is a chance that Tarik Cohen does not offer the LA Chargers anything at all. However, at such a low risk (and cost) with such a massive upside, the Chargers could easily talk themselves into throwing $1 million at Cohen.

The Bears just recently released Cohen, who has only played three games over the last two seasons. Cohen suffered a torn ACL in Week 3 of the 2020 season and has not played in the NFL since. That is a substantial injury and could be one that ends his career.

However, if it doesn't and Cohen returns to being 90% of what he once was then he could be a hugely impactful player on the Chargers for such a low cost. At his best, Cohen was one of the best return men in the game (even earning an All-Pro nod in 2019).

Andre Roberts was fantastic for the Chargers last season but he does not offer anything on the offensive side of the football. Cohen could offer something to the Chargers as he was also a lethal weapon as a receiving back for Chicago.

Cohen should absolutely not be the team's RB2 next season but with the Bolts swinging and missing on depth running backs, the team could very well bring in Cohen for depth to operate as an RB3 that is utilized in the passing game and returns kicks and punts.

Yes, there is a risk that he does not return to his form and the Bolts would have to have a backup plan for both backend of the running back room as well as the return game. Going all-in on Cohen would be bad roster-building by the Chargers.

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However, with Cohen only being 27 this July and having relatively low miles, he could be the most impactful cheap signing the Chargers could make this offseason.

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