When it gets this close to the start of the season, and the draft/free agency feeling like it was ages ago, most fans forget that teams can still make moves for the betterment of the team. Right now, the Chargers have just enough money to make one more specific, and important, move that could pay huge dividends this season.
According to Kristopher Knox’s latest article over at Bleacher Report, the one move he believes the Chargers should make is to sign veteran offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum.
Beachum was most-recently with the New York Jets where he played the previous three seasons. While in New York, Beachum started all 32 games in his first two seasons with the team and recorded 13 starts in 13 games played in 2019.
Kelvin Beachum has been keeping Sam clean: just 3 pressures allowed over his past 4 games (no sacks or hits), in which the Jets are 4-0. None allowed against the Raiders pic.twitter.com/7D0WhyRvQm— Michael Nania (@Michael_Nania) November 27, 2019
“The Chargers should give themselves lineup options by bringing in free-agent tackle Kelvin Beachum,” says Knox. “While he isn’t considered an elite left tackle, he is an experienced veteran with 99 pro starts under his belt.”
If there’s one thing the Chargers should take advantage of is a player with no recent issues in availability. While he did miss three games last year, he played 100% of his team’s snaps in both 2017 and 2018 and amassed over 1,000 total snaps in three of the last four seasons.
So while Knox is right in saying that Beachum isn’t an “elite” left tackle option, he has still been consistent enough to warrant a starting job on a tackle-needy team like the Chargers. Should they decided to pull the trigger, it would finally negate the lone, humongous question mark left on the Charger’s offense heading into the 2020 season.