TGIF to all of you Chargers fans. It’s a beautiful day to grind that work shift and then enjoy a nice kickback through the weekend. We’ve got some XFL games this weekend and plenty more draft buzz to hear about before the NFL Combine gets underway earl next week.
Here some juicy links to get the conversations rolling.
Coordinator changes for all 32 NFL teams entering 2020
“In an effort to take stock of all the coaching movement, particularly the changes in primary coordinators, NFL Nation reporters have focused in on the new faces and what they bring to each team.”
Touchdown Wire’s pre-combine mock draft: Chase Young, Jerry Jeudy are pivot points
“Everybody does mock drafts, most everybody does more than one, and every mock draft is done for different reasons. To get clicks? Well, duh. That would be reason No. 1, dear reader. Let’s not be arch about this. That aside, what we’re trying to do when we drill down into different scenarios with all these different mocks is to get a sense of where things stand at the moment.”
1 pending free agent Chargers should target: NFC South Edition
“The Los Angeles Chargers are set to enter free agency with the most salary cap available since Tom Telesco took over as general manager in 2013.”
LA Chargers: Is it worth it to trade for Cam Newton?
“With one MVP year under his belt, it is easy to say Newton is a fringe top 10 quarterback every year. His 2015 season is an exceptional outlier the stats tend to say otherwise with each year becoming progressively less productive than the last.”
Around the AFC West: Bieniemy stays, Brady update, Okung skeptical
“Chargers left tackle (and former Bronco) Russell Okung told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he “remains skeptical of the team’s direction and his future with the team.” The veteran tackle is uncertain in the direction of the team as he enters the final year of his contract. He has a cap hit of $15.5 million in 2020, but there is only $2.5 million remaining in dead money on his deal.”
Raiders should target WRs, MLBs and CBs at the combine
“In short, four picks. As in, a Carr completion to Hunter Renfrow not only would have given the Raiders a last-second, 17-16 win over the Broncos and a stand-alone second-place finish in the AFC West with an 8-8 record, it would have knocked their first draft pick back to No. 16, per ESPN Stats & Information research.”
Why Chris Jones could get squeezed out of Kansas City
“The Chiefs are scheduled to have about $13 million of cap space when the league year begins next month without doing anything between now and then. Merely placing the franchise tag on Jones at a cost of about $16 million would put the Chiefs over the cap.”
Raiders, Chargers & Bucs will be vying for Tom Brady — Brian Westbrook | NFL | FIRST THINGS FIRST
“With Tom Brady’s free agency approaching, many predict that a flurry of teams will be in on pulling the championship quarterback away from the New England Patriots. Brian Westbrook tells Chris Broussard and Doug Gottlieb why he believes teams like the Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers and even the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be throwing their bids in, and why that could help Brady in his negotiations with Bill Belichick and the Patriots organization.”
Chargers need a healthy Nasir Adderley after disappointing rookie season
“A second-round selection by the Los Angeles Chargers last April, the Delaware product was expected to come in and compete for the starting free safety job next to All-Pro strong safety Derwin James.”
Bradley Chubb among Broncos expected to have a production bump
“But Chubb was poised for a monstrous 2019 — he started just four games and still finished tied for third on the team in quarterback hits — and everyone will expect to see that kind of production over an entire season in 2020.”