5 Underrated Free Agents San Diego Chargers Should Target This Offseason
NFL Offseason: 5 Underrated Free Agents for San Diego Chargers to Target
First-year head coach Mike McCoy did an incredible job of putting his players in the best position to win. Rivers looked more comfortable this season than he has in years, and I think that McCoy deserves a ton of credit for that.
The 9-7 record may not be super impressive on paper, but they are locked in a division with arguably the two best AFC teams, the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs. The Chargers also upset the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card round of the playoffs before losing in the divisional round to the Broncos.
While the defense struggled early, the Chargers were able to turn things around towards the end of the season and actually put together a solid defensive unit. Offensively, led by Rivers, Mathews and rookie WR Keenan Allen, the Chargers averaged 393.3 total yards per game, the fifth-highest in the entire NFL. All in all, it was a very successful first season for McCoy and the Chargers, and this is definitely a team that has the arrow pointing up.
Like every team in the league, San Diego has some holes on their roster that they will look to fill this offseason. Unfortunately, they will not have a lot of salary cap room to work with. If the Chargers are going to attack free agency this offseason, they need to look for deals on players who will not cost a ton. Here are 5 underrated free agents for the Chargers to target this offseason.
5. Kenny Britt, WR
Plagued by off-field issues and injuries, Kenny Britt is certainly not going to be back with the Tennessee Titans. The Chargers could really use a dynamic receiver opposite of Allen, and Britt certainly has impressive talent. He should come at a low cost, and I think he could be a great fit with the Chargers.
4. O’Brien Schofield, OLB
O'Brein Schofield did not get much playing time on a loaded Seattle Seahawks defense, but he is a good pass rushing option, something that the Chargers definitely need. Schofield would be a low-cost player that could play in pass rushing situations for San Diego.
3. Geoff Schwartz, G
The Chargers' offensive line was much improved in 2013, but they could still use some help on the inside. Geoff Schwartz is a solid offensive guard that is good in both the run game and pass protection. Past injuries are a bit of a concern, but they should also help keep the price down.
2. Walter Thurmond, CB
Walter Thurmond was not a key member of Seattle's famous "Legion of Boom", but he is a very talented corner that would start for most NFL teams. San Diego struggled against the pass in 2013, and CB is probably the biggest need that the team has. Thurmond would be a great addition to their defense.
1. Anthony Spencer, OLB
Anthony Spencer missed most of 2013 with a knee injury. In 2012, Spencer had 11 sacks and was a Pro Bowler and second team All-Pro. He was a great pass rusher from the OLB position, and if he can regain his 2012 form, he would be an incredible addition to San Diego's defense. He had surgery on his left knee twice in a two-month span, so that is certainly a concern, but it should drive his price down in to the Chargers' range. He would be a risky signing, but I believe it is worth the risk for San Diego.