9 realistic free agents the Chargers could sign in 2024

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The LA Chargers are not going to be big spenders in free agency this offseason. After all, the team is well over next season's projected salary cap and needs to create space just to be able to afford its own draft class in 2024.

Granted, the Chargers can free as much as $62 million in cap space with rather simple moves, which would give the team enough wiggle room to make smaller signings. It may not result in any big names coming to LA, but it could result in impactful free agents coming at a great price.

This is not going to be like previous offseasons where the Chargers bring in big names like Corey Linsley or J.C. Jackson. That being said, it might be better this way. Let's dive into some realistic free agents that fans should keep an eye on.

9 realistic free agents the Chargers could sign in 2024:

QB Tyler Huntley

Easton Stick simply did not look like a viable backup quarterback last season so the Chargers may look to bring in another cheap option. If the team is not going to draft a rookie then it makes sense to sign someone who is familiar with Greg Roman. PFF projects Huntley to get a one-year, $4 million deal.

RB Gus Edwards

Another player with ties to Greg Roman, Gus Edwards would be a nice addition to a roster that desperately needs running back help. As long as the price is right with Edwards, it makes sense to pair him with a rookie running back.

RB D'Onta Foreman

If Edwards ends up signing elsewhere then Foreman is a nice backup plan for the Chargers. While Foreman does lack athleticism, he has been successful as a rotational back in recent years. His 52.3% rushing success rate was among the best in the league last season.

WR Donovan Peoples-Jones

Donovan Peoples-Jones' numbers last season were abysmal and Chargers fans might be worried about signing him. That being said, he is still a great contested-catch artist who played for Jim Harbaugh at Michigan. If the Chargers need a cheap veteran receiver to fill out the depth chart, Peoples-Jones may be the guy.

LB Bobby Wagner

The Chargers will likely need a starting linebacker or two this offseason and might look for a veteran to serve as a leader on defense. Wagner is only projected to sign a one-year, $4 million deal, so it is doable for the Chargers.

EDGE Josh Uche

There is a chance that Josh Uche signs a one-year prove-it deal that is out of the Chargers' price range. However, the former Wolverine could also look to reunite with his former head coach and join a Chargers team that might be looking to replace Khalil Mack. If the price is right, Uche makes sense for LA.

DL Maurice Hurst

Maurice Hurst is another player who played under Harbaugh at Michigan but the likelihood of him signing is much higher. Hurst is only projected to sign a one-year, $1.75 million contract, which is obviously in-budget for the Bolts. Hurst is an interior pass-rush specialist, which is exactly what the team needs.

S Alohi Gilman

Out of all the Chargers' impending free agents, Alohi Gilman is the favorite to rejoin the team. Gilman was legitimately good for the Bolts last season and as long as there is not a bidding war for him, it makes sense to bring him back.

S Chuck Clark

With or without Gilman it may make sense to sign Chuck Clark to a cheap deal. Clark tore his ACL and did not play a single snap for the New York Jets last season, which hurts his value. However, he did play under defensive coordinator Jesse Minter in Baltimore and had the best year of his career under him. That connection could bring him back.

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