clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Offensive Free Agent options still left for the San Diego Chargers

New, comments

The Free Agent market is bare but the Chargers could do themselves some favors by adding a few players to some seemingly empty spots on the roster.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

With a couple of weeks into Free Agency the Chargers have made a few moves to help the team move into the draft. However, there are still too many holes on this current roster and a few more transactions need to occur or else this team will be left with little depth at too many spots. While some position groups on Offense are deep enough to start the season today, let's look at some other areas of need the Chargers can address in Free Agency.

Offensive Overview

Wide Receiver Travis Benjamin was the first external Free Agent signed and Dontrelle Inman is returning to the Chargers for 2016, making the receiving corp all but settled. Right Tackle Joe Barksdale was signed for four more years; oft-injured Tackle King Dunlap's contract was restructured and Orlando Franklin and D.J. Fluker are penciled at Guards. Philip Rivers is still manning the ship and the newly re-signed back-up QB Kellen Clemens can watch from the sideline. Depending on who you ask, the Chargers need to address the running back position but currently it's Melvin Gordon, Danny "We Are All Grit-Nesses" Woodhead and Branden Oliver rounding out the running back rotation. That leaves two real holes to fill on Offense.

Center

Chris Watt was terrible last year and Trevor Robinson reinvented the word. Neither should be starting at Center in 2016. There could be a scenario where Robinson is the back-up Center while Chris Watt becomes next line at Guard, either way both men need to be buried in the lineup. The best case would probably be the Chargers picking up one Center in Free Agency and drafting another creating a competition in camp and having guys earn their spot.

Stefen Wisniewski (JAX): Obviously the best option on the market at the position. Starter in Oakland and was not re-signed because of shoulder concerns after surgery, signed in Jacksonville and played over 1,000 snaps. One thing Wiz is good for is snaps; he's one of the most durable Centers in the league. Much better pass blocker than run blocker but brings a veteran presence, familiarity in the division and is only 27 years old. Above average option at what would should be a low cost with each day that passes in Free Agency.

Manny Ramirez (DET): This team loves their former players and Head Coach Mike McCoy is familiar with Ramirez with his time with the Broncos. Way past his prime at 33 years young and not a sexy option but Ramirez had a good year last year with Detroit in limited snaps and could be the short term option to help Rivers. He can play both Center and Guard, added value. Either way, Ramirez is a better option than Watt or Robinson at this point.

Other Options:  Ryan Wendell (NE), Will Montgomery (CHI), Lyle Sendlein (ARI)

Tight End

With the loss of Ladarius Green and (hopefully) the departure of both David Johnson and John Phillips, the Chargers need depth behind Antonio Gates, ignore the "names" on the depth chart they need viable options to play on Sundays.

Scott Chandler (NE): The theme of this position group is blocking and Chandler happens to be both a good pass-catching Tight End with some good blocking ability at that spot. Had a few good years in Buffalo, a couple of knee injuries and was phased out in New England last year. The former Charger could be an added red zone weapon for Rivers with his big 6'7 frame. Chandler is also good on special teams, making him an easy plug-in at John Phillips old role in his last couple seasons in San Diego.

Tony Moeaki (ATL): Moeaki is always an injury concern but with only Antonio Gates on the roster Chargers need Tight End depth.  Moeaki has always had the upside of being a great playmaker at Tight End but never panned out because of injury. If he ever finally tapped into that potential, great but nobody should be banking on it. He is a camp body to compete for the TE2 role and would be the best blocking Tight End on the roster today which should come at a very cheap price.

Other Options:  Jared Cook (STL), Clay Harbor (JAX),  Andrew Quarless (GB), Vernon Davis (DEN)