San Diego Chargers Wisely Finish Re-Signing Free Agents

By Erwin Mendoza
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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Over, the last month the San Diego Chargers have restructured Eddie Royal’s contract, signed Donald Butler to a multi-year contract, re-signed Darrell Stuckey, solidified their line with Chad Rinehart and arranged a mutual pay cut with Jarret Johnson. With the cap space so tight for the Chargers, it seems possible that they are pleased with the players they are retaining.

There are only three free agents who I imagine could be exceptions once NFL Free Agency starts tomorrow. Rich Ohrnberger, Reggie Walker and Richard Marshall still have chances to come back as Chargers. Ohrnberger brings depth to the line, Marshall made better strides than Derek Cox, and Walker provides additional depth at linebacker. They’re not integral to the future, but they are players who are on the cheaper end of the free agent list.

The notable free agents left on the Chargers roster include Charlie Whitehurst, Seyi Ajirotutu, Ronnie Brown and Danario Alexander. It’s assumed that they have collectively played their last days in a Chargers uniform. The Chargers staff needs to upgrade their defense, but shouldn’t leave out upgrading skill positions. There is a need to find a running back who could spell Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead.

With the re-signings, the Chargers have to spend smartly and look under every rock for talent. Some projections have the Chargers at $6 million worth of cap space, so the Chargers shouldn’t rule out asking Antonio Gates to restructure his deal to allow a little more room to the Chargers’ cap. Tom Telesco re-signed the right free agents to continue the Chargers’ future success, but he has to focus on the available free agents who could elevate their current roster.

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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