5 Free Agents The San Diego Chargers Should Target This Offseason
5 Free Agents To Target During Offseason
With a good run into the playoffs, the San Diego Chargers have a lot of needs around. This year, the Chargers have all their draft picks, but are expected to pick in the later part of the rounds because of their playoff run. It’s obviously a good problem to have.
The gem of this year’s free agents has been Danny Woodhead, as he had a career year with the Chargers. His 1,034 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns benefited both Ryan Mathews and Philip Rivers. Rivers loves him in the screen game, proving to the Chargers' front office that he misses Darren Sproles.
Whereas Woodhead has been the darling, free agent acquisition, Derek Cox has been the biggest bust of 2013. Cox has benched on and off throughout the season and seems to be indefinitely benched until his impending release. The Chargers thought they had a solid pick up and therefore signed him for a four-year deal worth $20 million.
The Chargers have slight issues on offense, like the offensive line at backup running back because of Ronnie Brown’s contract expiring this year. It’s possible to have those issues address through the draft, but it’s obvious they need to address the defensive side on the ball in the offseason.
Mainly, it’s the secondary.
Besides Eric Weddle, no job is safe. This Chargers defense has been giving up big play after big play and although a lot of it shouldered on Cox, Shareece Wright has a ways to go. After the DBs, the focus should be helping Melvin Ingram with the pass rush.
San Diego’s impending notable free agents are Larry English, Ronnie Brown, Danario Alexander and Chad Rinehart. The next five slides are free agents they should target in the offseason, but don't expect all five to come to San Diego.
5. Wesley Woodyard
The Chargers have been grooming Manti Te'o to be the middle linebacker of the future and with the impending loss of Donald Butler, the Chargers need to upgrade the middle linebacker depth. They need a veteran guy with a chip on his shoulder and that's Wesley Woodyard. In a down year, Woodyard could be gotten for cheap.
4. Charles Tillman
Though at age 33, the Chargers have been known to pick up DBs past their prime (Bob Sanders). They need help everywhere, and his age and experience would help a young group of guys.
3. Aqib Talib
Aqib Talib signed a one-year deal in New England, allowing him to test the market this coming offseason. The Chargers should make a play for a similar deal while they can season Shareece Wright.
2. Brian Orakpo
The Chargers are going to lose Larry English this year, but is that really a loss? They need a strong pass rusher to help Melvin Ingram.
1. Vontae Davis
The Chargers need a lockdown corner, and it helps that Vontae Davis is familiar with a Pagano defense. If the Indianapolis Colts don't offer something appetizing, expect the Chargers to at least offer a deal.
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