According to Michael Gehlken of utsandiego.com, the San Diego Chargers are in the market for a veteran starter at the guard position.
San Diego’s front office will attempt to re-sign Louis Vasquez, who started 14 games at right guard in 2009, 14 in 2011 and 16 in 2012. Vasquez ranks 20th among free agents, per nfltraderumors.com.
Gehlken said that “the goal is to retain the right guard, but the plan is to be fluid when rebuilding the offensive line, open to several different scenarios that can give them their best five.”
Last week, Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said that the team will not offer a big deal to a free agent this off-season. This will more than likely eliminate San Diego from signing former Buffalo Bills left guard Andy Levitre. Levitre ranks seventh among all free agents on nfltraderumors.com
San Diego’s offensive line ranked fourth in sacks allowed while their rushing attack ranked 31st in yards per attempt and were tied with the Oakland Raiders for last in rushing touchdowns. San Diego is expected to choose a lineman in round one of the 2013 NFL Draft, but losing Vasquez could add to the problems.
According to Brad Wells of stampedeblue.com, the Indianapolis Colts also have interest in Vasquez. Indianapolis is about $43.5 million under the cap while San Diego is about $11.7 million under it.
The number one priority for San Diego’s front office is to fix their offensive line problems. While the rushing attack was terrible in 2012, Ryan Mathews ranked 10th in the NFL with 1,091 rushing yards in 2011, so he is capable of bouncing back in 2013. These were San Diego’s biggest problems in 2012.
Vasquez appears to be San Diego’s top priority in terms of a player available in the free agent market who would fit the team’s need to not spend too much money on one position.