The Los Angeles Chargers have signed their second external free agent, this time coming by way of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles...
Source: The #Chargers are expected to sign former #Eagles K Caleb Sturgis. They had a visit from long-time #Raiders K Sebastian Janikowski, but went with Sturgis instead.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2018
Caleb Sturgis, as the tweet points out, wasn’t the only kicker visiting with the Chargers. He also will not be the only kicker competing to win the starting spot come the start of the 2018 season. Also on the roster are kickers Roberto Aguayo and Nick Rose. The Chargers’ official site lists Nick Novak on the roster however everywhere else I looked seemed to have him a free agent.
In 2016, Sturgis’ best year as an NFL kicker, he went 35 for 41 (85.4%) with a long of 55. This type of performance would be a sight for sore eyes after the abysmal season put together by what seemed to be 45 different kickers. For comparison’s sake, the league average for field goals in 2017 was 84.3%.
Chargers are signing kicker Caleb Sturgis to a two-year deal, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2018
Sturgis, who turns 29 in August, could very well be the kicker the Chargers are looking for to eliminate the position from being a talking point each week as it was last season. With the prospect of potentially adding another kicker late in the draft or via UDFA, there could be as many as four different guys vying for this very coveted position.
Get ready for the great kicking competition of 2018, folks.