San Diego Chargers Should Look into Free Agent LaGarrette Blount

By Erwin Mendoza
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It’s known the San Diego Chargers love Ryan Mathews’ hustle, but the obvious knock on him is his health. Every year Mathews has problems of staying on the field and in the postseason the Chargers needed him to execute their game plan. Since it was his first full year of playing through 16 games, it shows how much Mathews has left.

Besides looking to trade, the logical Chargers move is to let veteran Ronnie Brown walk in favor of somebody else. If not Ronnie Brown, then who?

The Chargers still have Mathews and Danny Woodhead under contract for 2014. The running back committee is ideal for San Diego’s backfield. The Chargers need to add a true change of pace back to complement the styles of Mathews and Woodhead.

LeGarrette Blount fits.

His statistical best year came from being the primary back in 2010 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization rushing for 1,007 yards and six touchdowns. He went on a decline and saw less production and got hurt in 2012.

Blount saw a positive change of scenery with the New England Patriots in 2013 and his career-game in the postseason bought him a few extra dollars among the free agent running backs. His comeback year in 2013 was a modest 772 yards with seven scores. That’s with sharing carries with Steven Ridley, Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden.

Mathews needed Woodhead to keep fresh throughout the 2013 season and adding a power back like Blount could keep all parties in the backfield happy. Coach Mike McCoy could accommodate another former Patriot in the backfield to ensure the success of the offensive unit.

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

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