5. Uchenna Nwosu
Uchenna Nwosu was really struggling to start the season. In fact, we wrote an article at the midpoint of the season detailing players who do not deserve to be back and Nwosu was one of those players. Since then, Nwosu really found his footing and he becomes someone who the Chargers absolutely have to re-sign this offseason.
The Chargers have several roster holes that need to be addressed this offseason and they cannot add edge rusher to the list. Unless the Chargers can get a bonafide upgrade for a similar price, the Chargers should simply re-sign Nwosu and build on the potential that he showed in the second half of the season.
According to Pro Football Focus, Nwosu generated only 14 pressures in the first eight games of the season with seven run stops and one sack. The second half was much better as in nine games Nwosu generated 26 pressures with 16 run stops and four sacks.
Nwosu is not someone who is going to blossom into an elite edge rusher but he has really taken on his role in Brandon Staley's defense in stride. His value on the open market shouldn't be too high and as we already mentioned, unless the Bolts have someone elite lined up at a good price, they are better off spending the big bucks elsewhere.
A pretty comparable player (value-wise) to Nwosu is Tyus Bowser, who has similar output with the Ravens and is also a former second-round pick by Baltimore. Last offseason, the Ravens re-signed Bowser to a four-year, $22 million deal with $12 million guaranteed.
The Chargers might have to throw in an extra $3-4 million in guaranteed money, but that is a fair price for Nwosu.