Things are setting up well for the San Diego Chargers with the start of free agency now just a week away. The Bolts have several holes that will need to be addressed in some form or fashion in either via free agency or in the NFL Draft. When it comes to filling these glaring needs, free agency would certainly be preferable as an instant solution to these pressing issues that are facing the club. Here is why the Chargers have to be happy with what they have seen thus far throughout the league when it comes time to address their deficiencies.
What has seemed like an obvious fit from the hiring or Head Coach Mike McCoy and his coaching staff will now have the chance to materialize. Guard Andy Levitre has been a force for the Buffalo Bills at guard since entering the league back in 2009. He will be 27 years old in May and is just entering the prime of his career. It remains a mystery as to why Buffalo hasn’t even made an effort to re-sign him to this point, but their oversight may be a huge benefit to the Bolts. Joe D’Alessandris is the new offensive line coach with the Chargers and he was coincidentally in the same position with the Bills this past season. That instant connection and familiarity may be enough to lure Levitre to the west coast.
At the right tackle spot, Jeromey Clary has needed replaced for years now, but this may finally be the time to take action. The Cincinnati Bengals slapped the franchise tag on defensive end Michael Johnson rather than tackle Andre Smith and although they still have plenty of money to work on re-signing him, the Bolts will at least get their foot in the door now.
This is the other spot where the Chargers have to make some signings with both Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason on the open market. While it would be nice to bring Jammer back for another year or two, one of these two (if not both) will playing somewhere other than San Diego in 2013. The Atlanta Falcons did the Bolts a favor here by purging some key veterans on their roster suggesting that they may not be able to re-sign Brent Grimes this offseason. He has been an extremely underrated producer during his four years in the league and could be a sneaky addition to the secondary.
Even if these aren’t the exact players that the team chooses to pursue, the mere fact that this glut of talent at positions of need will be hitting the free agent market serves to benefit the Bolts. The law of supply and demand will certainly work in the Chargers’ favor in free agency and could help to get them a bargain or two on the open market. General Manager Tom Telesco is already proving to be a good luck charm for the franchise even before any signings have been made.