10 free agents who can make an instant impact - Matt Claassen
It’s tough to tell when age will start affecting a given player’s performance, but at 35, Andrew Whitworth has showed no signs of slowing down. He has graded among the top-10 offensive tackles for eight-straight seasons, including in the top-five the past four years. He is one of the best pass-protecting players in the league, and allowed just 14 total QB pressures last season. Whitworth would without a doubt help many offenses in pass protection, and could be a difference-maker for a playoff contender.
10 sleeper free agents with surprise upside - Sam Monson
Whitworth might be stretching the definition of sleeper a touch because he is far from an unknown force in the NFL, but he remains one of the league’s most underrated and underappreciated players, and enters free agency at 35 years of age, which will limit his potential market. Whitworth though is still one of the league’s best left tackles, allowing just 14 total pressures in 2016. Teams always throw big money at younger players, but any tackle-needy team could likely get two or three solid years out of Whitworth for a fraction of the price, and could potentially kick him inside to guard for a final year when his physical tools do start to wane.
ESPN's Matt Bowen Offers Mid Round Gems That Would Fit the Bolts - Ricky Henne
And you look at the defensive front for Gus Bradley. I have been watching a lot of Alabama film. After watching them you are going to talk about OJ Howard, Rueben Foster, a couple linebackers and you see Tim Williams. Tim Williams I think it is time for him to (get more attention). He reminds me of Leonard Floyd from Georgia. Long, lean, explosive, super athletic, a little raw still but you are going to get value with him.
Chargers need to find a left tackle in free agency - Eric Williams
This year’s draft class is weak at offensive line. Projected left tackle King Dunlap has played solidly when healthy, but turns 32 in September. Dunlap also has dealt with a rash of injuries during his four seasons with the Chargers, including concussion issues. And his arrest in February for an alleged violation of a protection order doesn’t help matters. Dunlap carries a $5.75 million, non-guaranteed base salary that likely will be restructured if he stays on the roster.
Big-body WR Mike Williams intrigues Chargers - Eric Williams
“He’s tall with long arms and has really, really excellent speed,” Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said about Williams. “To get vertical on us, crossing routes, he can run away from people. His route running has really improved. He’s done a lot of work with that. He’s physically gifted, but he works really hard at it.
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