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Who should the Chargers re-sign this off-season?

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At this exact time last year, the Chargers had 20 players that were going to become free agents, and 13 of those players saw consistent playing time in the year prior. Luckily, the Chargers only have 12 guys this year entering free agency. Still, there are some important role playing guys that are in jeopardy of a spot on the roster next season that bolts fans should pay close attention to. To be more specific, here are all the guys that are going to become free agents this off-season, and whether or not I think they should be re-signed:

WR Seyi Ajirotutu- When the Chargers first signed Ajirotutu, I was very excited. I always told myself that the number one reason Phillip Rivers was struggling in 2012 was because of the lack of connection he has had with his wide receivers. But, Ajirotutu didn't play too much wide receiver this season, and I didn't see that coming. Instead, he shined in special teams. Behind Darrell Stuckey, Ajirotutu was the best coverage guy on the Chargers roster. Not only that, but Ajirotutu is a veteran and would just add more depth and experience at the wide receiver position.

Final Verdict: Re-sign

WR Danario Alexander- I feel like I am repeating myself with Alexander. He has so much potential, but his injuries keep on setting him back. At 26 years old, I don't know how many knee surgeries a human body can take. I think that this time around, Telesco will not re-sign Danario Alexander, but that doesn't necessarily mean I think that's the right move. He's young and I still think he has a lot left in the tank, despite the injuries.

Final Verdict: Re-sign

RB Ronnie Brown- This one is an easy one. Brown is just not physically equipped anymore to be a running back in the NFL. Don't get me wrong, he's a great pass blocker and is a veteran, but there are so many better options entering the draft or in free agency this year, that I don't think it's worth it to keep him. The only thing that might save Ronnie Brown is that he is a really popular guy in the Chargers locker room.

Final Verdict: Let Him Go

LB Donald Butler- Probably one of the most important decisions Tom Telesco will have to make this off-season is whether or not to re-sign Donald Butler. Butler proved two things to fans this year, that we all now know for sure. The first thing is that he has some trouble staying healthy. The second is simple; the Charger's defense would be garbage a complete dumpster fire without him. Telesco made the right move waiting till this off-season to make this decision because now Butler is much cheaper. Also, does anyone really want Manti Te'o being the best inside linebacker on the team? Yeah, me neither. This one is a easy one for me.

Final Verdict: Re-sign (please)

LB Larry English- Just when Larry English was starting to get some success in the NFL, he gets sent to IR. I really liked what I saw from English in 2013, but there is no way he is going to be on the team next season. This is A.J. Smith's guy and I can see Telesco trying to get rid of as many players from that man as possible. Plus, there are two other inside linebackers that I would like to see back on the team; there just isn't enough room for English.

Final Verdict: Let Him Go

WR Lavelle Hawkins- Hawkins didn't do much of anything this season. Because Ryan Mathews was so dinged up all the time, the Chargers always had 3 running backs active. That resulted in Hawkins finding the inactive list for much of the season.

Final Verdict: Let Him Go

CB Richard Marshall- When Marshall was signed to the team in the begining of the season, I didn't think much of it, and rightfully so. Towards the end of the season, Marshall got his chance to start and played rather pedestrian. He didn't do much wrong but he didn't do much right either. The Chargers are going to have to figure out some way to make room for the new corners that are going to be coming in, and that's why Marshall won't be re-signed. If Marshall was a couple years younger, I would have a totally different opinion on him.

Final Verdict: Let Him Go

OL Rich Ohrnberger- If I were to have typed this article up a month ago, Ohrnberger would've been an easy cut for me. But, it's just not fair to ignore what he did against Cincinnati. It is so much harder for a backup to step in and play well in a playoff game, and that's exactly what he did. As the year went on, Orhnberger got better and better.

Final Verdict: Re-sign

OL Chad Rinehart- Chad Rinehart played great this year. He didn't get the attention that he deserved because all of us were either raving about how good King Dunlap was, or how bad Jeromy Clary was. His run blocking was superb and his pass blocking was good enough. The longer this guy stays on the Chargers, the better he'll become.

Final Verdict: Re-sign

SS Darrell Stuckey- Out of all the free agents this year in the NFL, I don't think any of them saved as many touchdowns as Darrell Stuckey. Stuckey is quickly becoming the new Kassim Osgood of the Chargers. He can do it all on special teams, and is even preforming nicely as a safety. He is easily the most under appreciated player on all of the Chargers. This one was the easiest for me. How could you possibly ignore what Darrell Stuckey did for the Chargers, and then proceed to cut him. Especially for the price that he comes at, the Chargers cannot afford to mess this one up.

Final Verdict- Re-sign

DL Cam Thomas- I don't think Cam Thomas did as bad as the majority of Charger fans think he did. Still, that doesn't mean he played well enough. For most of the season, I couldn't find Thomas because he seemed so lost during the games. Although he played much better at the end of the season, Cam Thomas isn't going to trick me this time. The Chargers need a more athletic nose tackle that can actually force double teams. The problem with Thomas is that he doesn't really make anyone better around him but himself.

Final Verdict- Let Him Go

LB Reggie Walker- Reggie Walker was a really unappreciated signing by Telesco, especially on this blog. I can think of at least 1 play in each of the last five games of the Chargers season where Walker made a play that many Charger defenders were missing. I like Walker, and I like the passion he has when playing in the game. Tom Telesco was the guy that brought Walker in, and I also think he'll be the guy that keeps him.

Final Verdict- Re-sign

Conclusion

In this list, I have seven guys that I think deserve to get re-signed and another five that should take their talent somewhere else. I think that's realistic enough for the Chargers. The one guy that will tell us the most about Tom Telesco is Donald Butler. If Butler doesn't get re-signed, it will say a lot about what Telesco thinks about the state of the Chargers, and Manti Te'o.

Let me know in the comment section what you think I got wrong and what I got right in this list.

This FanPost was written by a member of the Bolts From The Blue community and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Bolts From The Blue editors or SB Nation.

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