In a recent article at ESPN, NFL beat writer’s participated in a “simulation” exercise where they pitched offers to free agents that they believe their team could make once the new league year begins next week Wednesday.
When it came to the Chargers, team writer Shelley Smith offered contracts to tight end Hunter Henry in an attempt to re-sign one of Justin Herbert’s favorite targets, as well as a two-year offer to Jameis Winston to come be the backup to Herbert while also reuniting with his former position coach in Joe Lombardi.
The deal for Henry was for two years and $22 million with $17 million guaranteed. Smith offered the opportunity to see even more success in coming years, stating, “You saw what Justin Herbert can do in 2020. How about two more years of that? He will make you a star.”
Winston’s offer was also for two years but it would pay him a full-guaranteed $8 million. The idea here is to grab one of the best backups in the NFL to support L.A.’s budding star while adding another body who has some familiarity with the new coach in the room.
What do you guys think of the contracts offered by Smith? Would you welcome Winston as a backup? Let me know.
And now for today’s links.
New DC Renaldo Hill recalls what it was like to prepare for Justin Herbert in 2020 (Chargers.com)
The Chargers were awarded an extra third-round compensatory pick (Chargers.com)
Potential landing spots for Hunter Henry (Chargers Wire)
Here’s why Corey Linsley should be the Chargers’ number one priority in free agency (Bolt Beat)
Picking the perfect fits for the top 40 free agents (ESPN+)
The Vikings cut LT Riley Reiff (ESPN)
The NFL awarded 36 compensatory picks in 2021 (NFL.com)
Patriots WR N’Keal Harry is garnering trade interest from teams (NFL.com)
Matt Rhule is committed to Teddy Bridgewater as Carolina’s quarterback (Pro Football Talk)
Matching all AFC teams with a free agent (CBS Sports)