San Diego Chargers Daily Links: March 10, 2012

AFC West team needs - Bill Williamson
1. Linebacker: The Chargers need a game-changing linebacker badly. It will be a top priority in the first round of the draft and in free agency. Possible fits: Houston's Mario Williams, Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw, USC’s Nick Perry, Illinois’ Whitney Mercilus.

2011 Run Stop Percentage: 3-4 Defensive Ends - Khaled Elsayed
There is more to playing the run than picking up defensive stops–that’s what our grading is for. But rather than just glancing at tackle totals to see which defensive ends are making the biggest impact against the run, our Run Stop Percentage really shows which players are getting the job done considering how much they actually play.

Luis Castillo visited with the Chiefs - Josh Alper
The Chiefs are set with Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson as their starting defensive ends, so it would seem their interest in Castillo would be as part of a rotation.

Free agency may seem calm compared to last year - Christopher Smith
League-wide free agency begins Tuesday. Though the Chargers are expected to make plenty of news, free agency may seem tame compared to last year’s rush following the player lockout.

Raiders free agent wish list: Running back - Levi Damien
The Chargers are faced with a decision on whether to keep Tolbert or Jacob Hester and it appears they will be opting for Hester. Tolbert offers the most similar skill set to Bush out there. He is a great utility back who would perform the duties of complementary back to Dmac the same as Bush did. There is of course the added bonus of getting a player off of a rival.

Commentary: Is the NFL Being Seduced By The Ways Of The Miami Heat? - Anthony Cosenza
Now that Peyton Manning has been released from the Colts, there have been rumblings that Reggie Wayne and/or Pierre Garcon would be part of a "package deal" for the team that signs Manning. Obviously, Manning and both of these receivers have had enormous amounts of success in their time together in the NFL and this could turn into a "super team" kind of scenario.

Lookin' for Love: Offensive Line - Alec Shane
Jared Gaither. San Diego acquired Gaither in Week 13 after being cut by the Chiefs, and he played exceptionally well in his five starts to close out the season. I think he'll be back with the Chargers, either replacing the injury-prone Marcus McNeill or providing insurance. San Diego can likely re-sign him for relatively little money, and he has definitely earned the trust of the coaching staff. Even if he was available, though, I still like what the Patriots have better.

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