5 Free Agents the San Diego Chargers Should Re-Sign This Offseason

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5 Free Agents the San Diego Chargers Should Re-Sign This Offseason

5 Free Agents the San Diego Chargers Should Re-Sign This Offseason1
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The San Diego Chargers have issues to address, either through the draft or free agency. A lot of their needs are at defense.

The Chargers made it as far as their roster could go. Much of their success is owed to the coaching staff. If the Chargers had better play from their depth chart, the season could have extended into playing another NFL game.

The Chargers beat themselves against the Denver Broncos. At Denver, the Chargers showed life late. By then, the arm of Philip Rivers wasn’t enough to overcome their setbacks. Eric Weddle and John Pagano’s defense stepped up to hold the Broncos within striking range. The lone exception for their bend-not-break defense was a crucial third and 17 in the fourth quarter that could have given the ball to Rivers’ hands one more time.

Sure, you can place the blame on the conservative play calling in the three quarters of the game, but protecting Rivers with another patchwork offensive line didn’t help. Also, injuries allowed the depth of the Chargers to be exposed. Having Jahleel Addae concussing himself and his own teammates, Pagano had to stick special-teamer Darrell Stuckey in the defensive backfield, sealing the team’s fate.

This offseason Tom Telesco and staff will be kicking the tires on some free agents and making evaluations on his own team. And before looking outside, the Chargers need help on defense. I’ve written about some free agents that they should target. Before signing guys not in Charger uniform, here are some guys the Chargers should re-sign.

Erwin Mendoza is a San Diego Chargers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @erwinsports, or add him to your network on Google.

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Richard Marshall

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This is definitely a border-line sign. If you have a choice between Richard Marshall or Darrell Stuckey going, Stuckey should get the boot. Marshall is just an average corner who could get exploited but Pagano and the secondary need all the help they can get.

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Cam Thomas

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The Chargers' priority needs to be the secondary and the offensive line. Based on the focus of the defense, I foresee that Cam Thomas will continue to play in a Chargers uniform. He's had more tackles this year, so he's getting the stops.

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Rich Ohrnberger

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It’s better to re-sign and not need, than to need and not re-sign. He earned his spot in the pre-season, and his experience helped especially filling in for Nick Hardwick in the playoffs. Offensive line is the most shaky, it's possible he could see more reps into the future as well.

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Chad Rinehart

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Chad Rinehart started ten games this year with the Chargers. As a guard, he's been consistent on the offensive line. Offensive line needs the depth because of the amount of injuries that have occurred there in the last few years, not to mention the quality of play. The bottom line is that he’s a better guy than Rich Ornberger.

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Donald Butler

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This is the number one resigning priority. Manti Te’o is a year or two away from being what the Chargers envision him to be. The Chargers right now have a smart-playing middle linebacker with Donald Butler. The Chargers linebackers are pretty thin, but none play with Butler's smarts. His total tackles were only behind Pro-Bowler Eric Weddle.


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