The secondary is a big area of concern for the San Diego Chargers entering the 2013 NFL season. That’s to be expected considering safety Eric Weddle is the only member of the four starters that was in that role last season. A lack of depth is also a lingering concern for the Bolts as the start of the season draws near, but there is a possibility that they will be addressing that issue soon.
Cornerback Richard Marshall was given the axe by the Miami Dolphins earlier this week, and he is by far the top corner in what is a wasteland of talent on the free agent market at the position. Miami’s decision to part ways with Marshall was more about pure economics and less about his actual on-field performance as the veteran was due a hefty $4.55 million in the upcoming season prior to his contract being terminated.
According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the corner visited the Chargers on Thursday with a number of other teams interested in kicking the tires on the now free agent defensive back. Given the season-ending injury to rookie Steve Williams and a general lack of depth as it is at corner with Derek Cox and Shareece Wright penciled in as starters and Johnny Patrick the third man up on the depth chart, adding Marshall makes a lot of sense for the Chargers.
William Middleton remains a part of the picture as does undrafted free agent Marcus Cromartie, but neither of them can hold a candle to Marshall in terms of experience. It’s also possible that general manager Tom Telesco just wants to see what kind of additional competition he can add to the mix in the defensive backfield. San Diego has been weak in the secondary in recent seasons with the propensity to get beaten deep on a regular basis. One more healthy body in camp couldn’t hurt the level of competition going on with the Bolts.
Whether or not Marshall will become a Charger remains to be seen, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt given the way guys are dropping like flies around the team’s facility these days. The 28 year-old corner could add some veteran leadership to what is shaping up to be a fairly young defense in 2013.