For the San Diego Chargers, the impending free agency free-for-all will be all about fixing two main areas: offensive line and cornerback. The line was porous to say the least in 2012 while their starting corners are both free agents and likely to find work elsewhere in 2013. Luckily there are several potentially economical options to make these upgrades this offseason, so let’s see what the Bolts’ gameplan may be.
Like most Chargers fans, I have been calling for an upgrade to Jeromey Clary at right tackle for the last four years. While Clary is serviceable at times and is a solid run blocker, his untimely penalties combined with suspect pass protection makes him more of a liability than anything. Enter: Eric Winston.
This could again be the case of one team’s trash is another’s treasure as the Kansas City Chiefs cut the 29 year old veteran tackle earlier in the offseason. He would be a clear upgrade over Clary and has experience in the new zone blocking system that the Bolts are switching to this upcoming season. The pieces seem to fit perfectly and the team has contacted him; let’s get a deal done!
As mentioned above, both Antoine Cason and long-time Bolt Quentin Jammer are not expected back this coming season. That means the Chargers need two new starting corners unless they are ready to hand over the gigs internally. While Marcus Gilchrist could handle a starting role in my opinion, Shareece Wright may never be that guy so the team must find replacements.
Jerraud Powers has already been mentioned due to his connections with new General Manager Tom Telesco with the Indianapolis Colts. That makes a lot of sense and will likely become a reality as he is an economical solution for the club. Another lesser known player that has been linked to the Bolts is Jacksonville Jaguars corner Derek Cox. There may be some serious competition for him though as he is just 26 years of age and highly thought of by many personnel departments around the league.
While all these players would be terrific additions to the Bolts, it isn’t as easy as simply snapping your fingers and they are on your team. 31 other NFL teams will be vying for the services of these players and if the bidding gets too expensive for a cap-strapped team like the Bolts, they may be forced to move on to more economical options. Stay tuned for any breaking developments concerning which players the Chargers add to fix their lingering issues along the offensive line and at the cornerback position.