San Diego Chargers Must Address Lack of Defensive Line Depth

By Anthony Blake
San Diego Chargers Defensive Line
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There is no disputing the level of talent that the San Diego Chargers possess in their starting three guys in the trenches on the defensive side of the football. Despite that outrageous skill that the Bolts boast on the defensive line, the team really doesn’t have much depth behind it. It would be wise for the Chargers to look into some free agent help to further fortify the defensive front prior to the 2013 NFL season getting underway.

Reports earlier in the offseason said that the team was considering adding former Denver Bronco Justin Bannan to their defensive line rotation. The 12-year veteran is familiar with new head coach Mike McCoy from his Denver days and would provide some much needed leadership to a unit that is still very young despite its unlimited potential.

Another possibility became available just this week as the Cincinnati Bengals severed ties with former first round pick Jamaal Anderson. Anderson was actually selected with the 8th overall pick by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2007 NFL Draft. He has never lived up to that status since coming out of Arkansas with just 7.5 sacks in his six career professional seasons. Still, at his size (6-foot-6, 280 pounds) the Bolts could certainly use him for depth purposes.

After cutting nose tackle Antonio Garay for salary cap purposes early this offseason, the Chargers decided to allow both Aubrayo Franklin and Vaughn Martin leave via free agency. Combined, these moves have left some to wonder just what first-year general manager Tom Telesco has up his sleeve to address the lingering depth issues.

Neither Anderson nor Bannan are upper crust defensive line talents, but either one would provide much needed depth at a position that is really lacking it coming into the 2013 season. Every GM knows that injuries are bound to creep up at some point during the course of a 16-game season, and as presently constructed the Bolts would have serious difficulties dealing with such a development.

Adding depth to the defensive line needs to be the next order of business for GM Telesco prior to training camp opening up in less than two short weeks.

Anthony Blake is a Senior Writer/Copy Editor for Rant Sports. You Can Follow Him on Twitter, on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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