The LA Chargers' season has felt like it has been over for about a month now but in one week's time, it will officially be over. Los Angeles has one more game on the docket as the team hosts the Kansas City Chiefs in the most pointless Week 18 game imaginable.
Kansas City has already locked up the AFC West and has nothing to gain seeding-wise in Week 18. Win or lose, the Chiefs are going to be the third seed in the AFC. The best-case scenario for Kansas City is the Buffalo Bills and not being the sixth seed so they don't have to play them in the Wild Card Round. The outcome of the Chargers-Chiefs game won't impact that at all.
That means that several players on the Chargers will play their last game under contract in a matchup that feels (and looks) like a preseason game. For some, it will be the last game while others re-sign. Either way, there are a lot of players that share this distinction.
Every Chargers player entering their last game under contract:
The restricted free agents: Cameron Dicker, Foster Sarell, Zack Bailey, Raheem Layne (ERFA); Cameron Tom, Blake Lynch, Amen Ogbongbemiga (RFA)
The Chargers have the ability to essentially bring back whatever restricted free agents they please, particularly exclusive rights free agents. For those four players, it all boils down to whether or not the Chargers want to extend a qualifying offer. For players like Cameron Dicker, that is a no brainer.
Bailey's tenure with the Chargers might be up while the team could bring back Layne as a cheap special teams player. As far as the restricted free agents go, the Chargers should not have a hard time bringing back Lynch and Ogbongbemiga if they want to retain them in a special teams capacity.
But what about the real free agents? Let's dive into those.