Chargers Free Agency

One free agent for the LA Chargers to target at each offensive position

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Austin Ekeler, Oday Aboushi
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Interior offensive lineman: Oday Aboushi

While the free-agent market at guard is deeper than that at tackle, the LA Chargers do not need to look far to find the guard that they should be signing this offseason. The Bolts should be bringing back the guy who started just five games for them in 2021 and was pretty good in those five games.

Oday Aboushi was a hidden gem find for the Chargers last offseason and played really well before tearing his ACL in Week 5. He may not have a massively high ceiling, but he is a serviceable guard that can handle the role at an above-average level at worst.

While it was unfortunate to see Aboushi get hurt and suffer a season-ending injury, the positive spin zone for the Chargers is that they will be able to get him for cheap yet again. PFF projects him to only get a one-year, $1.5 million contract. This makes signing him a no-brainer.

The Bolts would get their starting right guard for cheap and would be saving money to spend on the defensive side of the ball. LA should still draft a guard in the mid-rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft for depth but can be comfortable in bringing Aboushi back.

And if it doesn't work you trust that depth and there is no long-term drawback. I would much rather see the team sign Aboushi to a one-year deal than sign a mediocre guard to a multi-year deal out of necessity.

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