Following the 2022 NFL Draft, we broke down three positions that the LA Chargers may look to target to add depth in free agency. It did not take long for the Chargers to actually sign a player from one of those positions as the team added veteran cornerback Bryce Callahan on a one-year deal.
The Bolts may not be done and if they target another position that we outlined in that article then an edge rusher might be next. Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack are as good of a 1-2 punch as you can have on the edge but the depth behind them is lacking.
LA is really trusting in Chris Rumph to make a big leap in year two and even if he is better, the team can improve from Emeke Egbule as the fourth edge rusher.
Here are three edge rushers the LA Chargers could still sign in free agency:
1. Anthony Barr
Anthony Barr does have a connection to the coaching staff as the longtime Minnesota Viking shared a locker room with new Chargers special teams coach, Ryan Ficken. If there is one thing we have learned about how Staley operates it is that connections are key.
Barr is by no means the same linebacker that he was 3-4 years ago but he is still someone who could add depth to the team as a rotational pass-rusher. He is not the best in defending the run at this stage in his career but the Chargers are not going to get an amazing, well-rounded depth edge rusher at this point of the offseason.
More importantly, Barr is someone who the Chargers could play on the edge to drop into pass coverage as well. If the Bolts want to kick either Bosa or Mack inside on certain downs to get a rep against a guard they could disguise Barr as a pass-rushing edge only to drop him into coverage. It obviously is not something the team would do a lot, but it adds a dynamic to the room that is not currently there.