At this point in the free agency period, not many earth-shattering signings are left to be made. The San Diego Chargers haven’t exactly warranted any awe up to this point anyway, but that doesn’t mean the team hasn’t been adding important pieces to the puzzle for returning them to the success of a few short years ago. New General Manager Tom Telesco has been quietly adding to a roster that lacks talent in many areas and his recent activity could turn out to be more significant than it appears on the surface.
Three players were signed by the Bolts recently in cornerback Cornelius Brown and wide receivers Dan DePalma and Deon Butler. Obviously Butler is the name of the three that is most recognizable from his time with the Seattle Seahawks. He was a third round pick in 2009 and never really materialized into what the team was looking for with his best statistical season coming in 2010 when he caught 36 balls for 385 yards and four touchdowns. Butler may not be a game-breaking receiver, but at 5’10” 182 lbs., he will give the Bolts a much needed shifty slot guy to incorporate into a receiving corps make primarily of tall, lanky red zone targets.
As for DePalma, he was on the New York Giants’ practice squad for the past two years and never really broke through. Brown spent time with both the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts in his short career thus far. Neither of these guys will blow you away in terms of what they have accomplished in the league to date, but a new environment and new coaching staff could inspire some big time play. These additions were definitely worthwhile if Telesco sees something in these players that fits with Head Coach Mike McCoy’s new system.
These may not be the types of signings that make a killer first impression, but that really isn’t the goal of this new regime in San Diego. This is a results oriented business, and the team finally realizes that adding pieces that fit together is more important than adding ones that just look the best. While these additions might not make many stand up and take notice initially, the first impression isn’t everything; it’s the lasting impression that makes the biggest impact.