3 upcoming Chargers free agents who have earned another contract this season

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3. Gerald Everett

From a pure numbers standpoint, it is not like Gerald Everett is having a fantastic season for the LA Chargers. Everett has been producing whenever the Chargers call his number, though, and it has become clear that he is a must re-sign for the Bolts because of the situation at tight end.

The tight end position is bleak for the Chargers, highlighted by the fact that the team waived third-round pick Tre' McKitty less than three years into his NFL career. Donald Parham is a fine red zone threat but he is not someone who can step up and be the TE1.

Tight end is one of the biggest needs in the 2024 NFL Draft for the Chargers but it is going to be really hard to draft someone that can start as a rookie. Brock Bowers is probably the only tight end that can do that in this class and the Chargers will only have a chance at picking him if this season goes haywire.

Thus, the Chargers need to bridge the gap and should look to do so with another one or two-year deal with Everett. Everett has proven to be a reliable pass-catching weapon and every single time he gets the ball he makes something happen.

Not only has Everett earned the right to be called a must-re-sign, but he has earned getting more touches in this Chargers offense. Everett has averaged 7.4 yards per touch, has seven broken tackles, and is averaging 5.4 yards after catch per reception this season. Everett is averaging the sixth-most yards after catch per reception among all tight ends with at least 20 receptions. He has more broken tackles than any other tight end.