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LA Chargers missed out on a great deal for a new starting right tackle

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It is impossible to complain about the offseason that the LA Chargers are putting together. The Bolts have been aggressive, re-signing Mike Williams, trading for Khalil Mack and signing the trio of J.C. Jackson, Sebastian Joseph-Day and Austin Johnson.

The first wave of moves by the Chargers was perfect for the team. They addressed the holes in the roster and added legitimate star power to a defense that needed it. Fans were hoping that the team would be bold this offseason and that is exactly what they have been.

Right tackle remains as a need for the team heading into the 2022 season and the Bolts had the chance to continue an almost perfect offseason with another great addition. Morgan Moses was one of the best value right tackles on the market that would have been a solid starting option in LA. However, after the Chargers' wave of moves, it appeared that the team would not be able to afford him.

The LA Chargers absolutely could have afforded Morgan Moses, who signed with the Baltimore Ravens.

Morgan Moses signed just a three-year, $15 million contract with the Ravens. What makes the deal even is worse is that Moses's cap hit for the 2022 season is virtually non-existent for the Ravens.

Getting a veteran starting right tackle for $2.58 million in cap space would have been exceptional for the LA Chargers. There is flexibility if the deal does not work out and even is Moses is just okay, his cap hits in 2023 and 2024 are so far under market value that it will be a great deal regardless.

The Chargers could have signed Moses and made other smaller moves to fill out the depth of the roster. It really is a missed opportunity for the Bolts, but as mentioned earlier, it is still really hard to complain about what the team has done this offseason.

So who are other options for the Bolts to pursue at right tackle?

Yesterday we broke down three right tackles that the LA Chargers can afford to sign and if Moses got this kind of deal then the three options on this list are going to be even more affordable than first anticipated.

Of the three, the best of the bunch might just be Cornelius Lucas, a swing tackle who thrived in previous years and may deserve a starting chance with a team like the Chargers. For a more in-depth breakdown of Lucas and his game, check out the list linked above.

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