Earlier this week, Bolt Beat rolled out the four biggest winners from the Chargers bucking their usual trend of building through the draft and instead acquiring multiple new pieces to start the offseason. While the Chargers of course can still look to the draft to fill out the rest of their roster, this aggressive spending spree on new talent was a welcome sight for many Bolts fans.
However, when there are winners in certain situations, there are almost certainly those getting the short end of the stick. So with many experts grading the Chargers' early offseason additions as a much-needed boost for the team (ESPN has already moved them to No. 7 in their offseason power rankings), we take a look at who did not benefit from these moves.
The biggest losers from the Chargers splurging on talent this offseason:
No. 1: Chargers offensive line
With defense being the main focal point of the early offseason acquisitions, the Chargers offensive line issues were left unaddressed. Last season, the Bolts had their normal flare-ups along the o-line but did see tremendous success along the left side of the group.
This was primarily thanks to the emergence of All-Pro left tackle Rashawn Slater and the addition of All-Pro center Corey Linsley. However, the right side of the unit was a mess with former Packers' standout right tackle Bryan Bulaga unable to recover from a back injury. This issue was compounded when right guard Oday Aboushi went down with a torn ACL injury in week five.
So far this offseason, the Bolts have not made the restructuring of the offensive line a huge goal other than by freeing up cap space. Bulaga was released last month, saving the team around $10.75 million in cap according to Daniel Popper of The Athletic. Moreover, the team worked out a new contract tender ($895k) with his replacement, right tackle Storm Norton.
Los Angeles of course still has the No. 17 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft and many experts are predicting that they will select an offensive lineman with that choice. That, coupled with the return of Aboushi, and Los Angeles could have a formidable group barring more injury setbacks.