5 low-cost free agents the Chargers can sign to bolster the roster

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Jonnu Smith

Update: Jonnu Smith signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Miami Dolphins after publication.

Those that read our work here at Bolt Beat have seen Jonnu Smith's name come up several times and that is because of how much sense the signing makes for the Chargers. Smith might not be the best tight end on the market and he alone is not going to fix the position group but that does not change the fact that he can be valuable to the Chargers.

Smith proved last season with the Atlanta Falcons that he is someone who can still make a difference in the passing game. He might not be a team's No. 1 option in the passing game, but as a pass-catching tight end he can make a difference.

Let's not forget that Smith did this with awful quarterback play and he has never really had a good quarterback in his career. It is not unreasonable to think that with Herbert under center, Smith can put together one of the best years of his career catching the football.

Smith is not a great run blocker and the team would still need to add a tight end who can improve that area of the team in the draft. But as far as the passing game goes, Smith can likely do 90% (or more) of what Gerald Everett does in the passing game but at a fraction of the cost.

The main selling point for Smith is the fact that he was released and won't count against the compensatory formula. That is what makes him more intriguing than signing a traditional free agent like Austin Hooper or Hunter Henry.