Cornerback is another position that the Chargers are going to have to emphasize in the offseason. While the position is not as barren as running back, the Chargers do need to add at least one starter while also adding depth to the room.
The only cornerbacks on the roster who have actually proven that they can log starting snaps are Asante Samuel Jr. and Deane Leonard. Both of those players have holes and if they are the two best corners on the roster then the Chargers are in trouble.
The Chargers likely won't be able to find a true CB1 this offseason unless a second or third-round pick ends up being better than advertised. As a result, the team is going to have to take a strength-in-numbers approach to give defensive coordinator Jesse Minter several avenues to explore in the secondary.
Signing a veteran like Ronald Darby could be a solid part of the solution. Darby enjoyed a bounce-back season with Baltimore in 2023 and while he is past his prime, he can still contribute to an NFL defense in a positive way.
Darby only makes sense if the cost is cheap and he isn't someone who the Chargers should be giving the most snaps in the secondary. Relying too much on a veteran corner like Darby can end up burning the team.
But bringing Darby in to be a veteran presence alongside several younger cornerbacks is a move that could lend itself to success.