3 free-agent do-overs for the LA Chargers from 2023

Hindsight is always 20/20 and the Chargers would probably go back and change these decisions.

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Chargers free-agent do-over No. 3: Reunite Taylor Rapp with Brandon Staley

Perhaps the most surprising thing that the Chargers haven't done this offseason is add to the safety position. Nasir Adderley retired after the 2022 season but he was already penciled in by many fans as someone who was going to leave the team regardless.

There has been speculation for months that the Chargers would sign John Johnson to a deal and who knows, maybe it actually happens and this third do-over is negated. But there is obviously something there that is causing hesitation for the Chargers and it seems unlikely that a deal will be made.

Instead of Johnson, the Chargers could have brought in another former Rams safety with ties to Brandon Staley, Taylor Rapp. The former second-round pick went for an extremely cheap price of $1.7 million, signing with a Baltimore Ravens team that is loaded on defense.

Rapp has been a solid safety for the Rams and would have been the perfect, versatile free safety to get snaps in Staley's defense. He is already familiar with the defensive scheme and can line up in other areas of the defense as well.

So why didn't the Chargers make a move? That still remains unclear. Los Angeles has Alohi Gilman to play free safety and while he stepped up last season, that alone is a bit dicey. The team is betting on second-year safety JT Woods to play a bigger role, which might be even riskier.

There is no such thing as having too much depth, especially with Derwin James missing three or more games every year since 2019. For such a cheap cost, it would have been great to add another young playmaker to this defense.