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LA Chargers: Ranking the remaining options at right tackle

By Tyler Gallagher
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1. Sign a veteran right tackle and draft a tackle when available at a fair value

All along, this has been the best option, and it remains the best option, although the pickings at the position are getting quite slim.

Any free agent option at tackle at this point is a band-aid, but it would allow the Chargers to take a player who will positively contribute immediately at 17, whether that is a receiver, defensive tackle, corner, or Charles Cross if he miraculously falls.

Some options available in free agency currently include Riley Reiff, Brandon Shell, and Eric Fisher.

Each of these players are tackles that you would ideally upgrade from in an offseason or two, but they are the type of players that allow the team to use their first draft pick in a best-player-available approach.

An offense with Reiff at right tackle and Chris Olave as the third receiver sounds insanely better than one with Trevor Penning at right tackle and a middling free agent option added at receiver, like Emmanuel Sanders or A.J. Green.

This option would also allow the Chargers to trade down if the option presented itself or select at 17 and retain their third-round pick for depth purposes.

If the Chargers want to have an ideal draft, patching the offensive line in free agency is the best way to maximize their remaining resources.

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However, time is winding down for the Chargers to utilize this option. The Chargers need to sign a right tackle soon and make protecting Justin Herbert and draft flexibility their priorities.