Chargers Free Agency

Predicting which LA Chargers free agents stay and which leave

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Drew Lock, Justin Jones
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Justin Jones returns to the LA Chargers

This is one that could really go either way but because of the team's depth at the position, it is hard to see the Chargers letting Justin Jones walk in free agency especially when he is not a premier free agent at the position. Jones is far from a big name and I projected him to get a three-year, $15 million deal. The Bolts can absolutely afford to pay Jones $5 million a season.

The counterpoint to bringing Jones in is the indication from Tom Telesco that the team is going to focus on the trenches this offseason in a similar way to how they focused on the offensive line last season. The result of that focus was four new starters on the offensive line. With those comments, it might seem like the Chargers are willing to let Jones walk and completely rebuild.

While that makes sense, the Chargers are going to have to bring in three defensive tackles either way. They can make a big signing like Sebastian Joseph-Day and they can select a defensive tackle in the first 3-4 rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft. They still need one more defensive tackle to round out the rotation and avoid giving Jerry Tillery too big of a role in running downs.

Sure, they could explore free agency for that third option or they can simply re-sign the best guy they had from 2021 that already understands the defense and can serve as the leader among the position group. It would be one thing if Jones was coming at a premier cost but he won't be.

While there are some enticing sleeper options out there, I would rather see the Bolts re-sign Jones and that is likely what they will do.

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