Chargers re-sign Donald Parham: What it means for LA

Alexander Insdorf
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2. The potential effect on the Chargers draft is a little more complicated

While the Chargers are less likely to be in on any of tight ends currently in free agency, this doesn't necessarily take them out of potentially drafting one. It probably does slightly drop the odds that they could end up with a Dalton Kincaid or Michael Mayer in the first round of the draft, but it would have to be a consideration. Drafting a first-round tight end would still be potentially five years of contract control while paying Justin Herbert.

A lot is still up in the air though as far as first-round-positioning is concerned. Austin Ekeler's trade request is a factor while the rest of the free agent process still has to play out. Of course, the value of the position on the board as players get taken before 21 will matter too.

But relative to a first-round tight end, one could see how a pick like Bijan Robinson could become likelier with three tight ends under contract compared to their star running back wanting out.

Sitting here today, Parham re-signing *probably* makes a first-round pick at tight end less likely, but it's still a relatively safe bet in my view that the team could use a top 100 pick at the position in a stacked class. A cheap four-year pass catcher contract, while the Chargers would be paying Herbert, is as valuable as it sounds.