Free agent activity could change the draft needs for the San Diego Chargers

By Kenny Gardner
San Diego Chargers NFL Draft
Jerry Lai-USA Today Sports

The San Diego Chargers ranked last in the NFL with four rushing touchdowns, 31st in yards per attempt, 30th in yards per play, 30th in yards per reception, fourth in sacks allowed and 22nd in receiving yards.

San Diego is expected to choose an offensive lineman with the 11th pick in round one of the 2013 NFL Draft, but as one can see, they have other major issues as well.

The Chargers are about $8 million under the salary cap, which does not leave much room for improvement through free agency. San Diego’s front office could release veterans like Jared Gaither and Eddie Royal or convince players to take pay cuts to create more cap space.

San Diego’s front office should go after New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker, who could become an unrestricted free agent. Welker led the NFL in receptions in 2007, 2009 and 2011 while he ranked second in receiving yards in 2009 and 2011 and sixth in TD receptions in 2011.

Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush could become available if he is not franchise tagged. Bush could split attempts with Ryan Mathews and San Diego would have an explosive backfield.

Buffalo Bills guard Andy Levitre could be an option for San Diego in free agency if more cap space is available. If San Diego’s front office is able to sign him, this could change their plans in round one.

Eddie Lacy is the best running back available and he is ranked 33rd among prospects, according to If San Diego’s front office signs an offensive lineman, but does not sign a wide receiver, Cordarrelle Patterson could be an option in the draft. San Diego may have to trade up to get Patterson because he is ranked 10th among prospects.

The moves made by San Diego’s front office in free agency have the potential to change their draft needs.

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