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Top 5 Free Agents That San Diego Chargers Should Have Targeted

5 Underrated Free Agents San Diego Chargers Should Have Targeted

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It wasn't a surprise the San Diego Chargers didn't add any big-name free agents this offseason, as they had very little cap space to work with. They made a few moves, but missed out on other players that could have provided a big impact. Here are five underrated, low-cost players who are 27 years old or younger that would have drastically helped the Chargers this season.

5. WR Kenny Britt

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5. WR Kenny Britt

Kenny Britt St. Louis Rams
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With Malcom Floyd injured, the Chargers' starting receivers look to be breakout rookie Keenan Allen, Vincent Brown and Eddie Royal. San Diego should address the position in the NFL Draft, but taking a flyer on Kenny Britt could have paid dividends. Britt has dealt with injuries and off-field problems, but has immense talent and great size to be a reliable down-field threat. Britt signed a one-year contract with the Rams.

4. OL Jeff Linkenbach

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4. OL Jeff Linkenbach

Jeff Linkenbach Kansas City Chiefs
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It's never a bad idea to add depth to an offensive line. The Chargers put together a patch-worked line that dealt with various injuries, but still performed well. Jeff Linkenbach started 33 games over four years with the Colts and can play both guard and tackle. He would've provided the Chargers with much-needed depth and versatility. Linkenbach signed a one-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.

3. DE Corey Wootton

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3. DE Corey Wootton

Corey Wootton Minnesota Vikings
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When assessing the Seahawks' defense, the amount of talent and depth on their front line stands out. Rotating fresh players into the game gives them the ability to be more aggressive and maintain a constant pass rush. Corey Wootton would've given the Chargers more depth at a critical position. Wootton recorded 10.5 sacks and 3 forced fumbles over the past two years with the Bears. He signed a one-year contract with the Vikings.

2. DT Al Woods

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2. DT Al Woods

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The Chargers have no depth at the defensive tackle position, so it's a little surprising they haven't added one this offseason. Al Woods is a prototypical defensive tackle in a 3-4 scheme, which is what John Pagano runs for the Chargers. He has great size at 6-foot-4, 307 pounds and can eat up ball carriers. Woods also possesses pass-rush ability, shown by his two sacks last season. Woods signed a two-year contract with the Titans.

1. CB Nolan Carroll

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1. CB Nolan Carroll

Nolan Carroll Philadelphia Eagles
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The Chargers lack a shutdown corner and Derek Cox was a huge bust last season. Carroll, 6-foot-1 and 205 lbs, proved himself over the past two years with the Miami Dolphins recording 99 tackles, 3 interceptions, 3 sacks and 17 pass deflections. Carroll signed a two-year contract with the Eagles to upgraded their secondary. The Chargers missed out on a quality player at a more-than reasonable price.