Although the official start of the the NFL season was last night, there will still be plenty of teams on the lookout for free agents who could potentially make their team better. When it comes to the Chargers, a veteran could go a long ways in helping solidify what is actually still a pretty deep secondary.
Per Brad Gagnon, who just released an updated version of his “best free agent option for each NFL team” article, he thinks the Bolts should kick the tires on former Niners and Panthers safety Eric Reid.
“...we’ll go with the best all-around safety available not named Earl Thomas since he’s on the back end of his career and Bolts head coach Anthony Lynn has already ruled that out,” says Gagnon. “That’s gotta be Reid, who has a strong resume as well as upside and the versatility to play multiple roles in L.A.”
“Lynn sounds as though he’s satisfied with his secondary despite the loss of James, but it might not take much for that to change. If it does, Reid should get the call.”
Reid has spent the last two seasons with the Carolina Panthers where he started all 29 games he played in. He finished with career-highs across the board in 2019 with 130 tackles, seven tackles-for-loss, and four sacks to go with six pass breakups.
Aside from Earl Thomas, Reid is definitely the best safety on the free market. He fits the mold of a safety-linebacker hybrid and could do all of the things James was tasked with at and around the line of scrimmage. It’s certainly not a 1:1 replacement, but it’s the closest they can get to his physical style of play.
Leave your thoughts in the comments and tell me whether you’d be for or against this signing.
And now for today’s links.
Check out the Chargers injury report from Thursday (Chargers.com)
Chris Hayre posted the latest episode of Chargers Weekly (Chargers.com)
Gavino Borquez highlights the comments by DC Gus Bradley on how they plan to defend Joe Burrow (Chargers Wire)
Kevin Seifert discusses what he saw in last night’s game (ESPN)
Texans HC Bill O’Brien is overwhelmed as the team’s general manager (Bleacher Report)
Brad Gagnon listed an available free agent for every NFL team to sign (Bleacher Report)
J.J. Watt says the booing during last night’s moment of unity was “unfortunate.” (Pro Football Talk)