5 Chargers free agents that have the best chance of re-signing

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1. Drue Tranquill

Historically, Brandon Staley has not valued linebackers very much in his defense and we have seen firsthand what that leads to. The Chargers let Kyzir White walk away after a breakout season for only $3 million from the Philadelphia Eagles.

Many might assume that Tranquill is going to have the same fate this offseason but that might not be the case. After his breakout season, Tranquill has a better chance of re-signing with the Bolts than White did a year ago.

Tranquill is more in line with what Staley's defense wants to do and more importantly, there is not another option behind him. The team was able to let White walk because they had Tranquill waiting in the wings. If Tranquill leaves, all the Chargers have left is Kenneth Murray and a whole lot of unknowns.

Of course, if another team comes over the top with some absurd offer for Tranquill then the Chargers are going to have to bite the bullet and move on. But if the options are paying Tranquill $5-6 million a season or being forced to draft another linebacker early in the draft, I bet they take the former.

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It is a lot easier to replace (and justify replacing) Pipkins than it is Tranquill, which gives the linebacker the edge in this situation. However, as previously mentioned, a perfect scenario would see both Tranquill and Pipkins returning in 2023.

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