5. Tarik Cohen
Another Brandon Staley connection from his time with Chicago, Tarik Cohen was recently released by the Chicago Bears and hits the free-agent market after being one of the best dual-threat running backs in the entire league.
The Bears released the former All-Pro after two injury-plagued seasons that saw Cohen play three games in 2020 and not a single game in 2021. It might not seem all that appealing for the Chargers to sign an injury-riddled running back, but as a flier, it could be a smart move.
Cohen should absolutely not be the guy who the Chargers are calling on to be the RB2 behind Austin Ekeler. However, if the Chargers can land Cohen on a league-minimum deal (which is likely his value) then it makes all the sense in the world to bring him into the building.
The Chargers can still draft another running back to be the RB2 behind Austin Ekeler and Cohen can take Joshua Kelley or Larry Rountree's place on the roster. Kelley and Rountree have been awful and are similar as backs so there really is no reason to have them both. The potential upside of Cohen is far more valuable.
If Cohen comes back and is 80% of the running back that he was before getting hurt then the Chargers will have one of the best 1-2 running back duos in the league, both of which being elite options in the passing game. We saw what the New Orleans Saints did with Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, just imagine what the Chargers could do with Austin Ekeler and Tarik Cohen.
Cohen is still relatively young (turns 27 in July) and has low mileage on his legs. If there is any sort of market for Cohen and the Chargers have to outbid other teams then they should simply move on. However, at a cheap price, signing Cohen is absolutely worth a flier.