By this position in 2018, most were amazed that the Chargers eventually appeared to be changing their ‘business as usual’ routines. The 2017 season experienced been one particular of attrition, but the team’s fantastic 2nd half run gave them all of the hope in the earth for Anthony Lynn and enterprise.
The Chargers have a status of getting gun-shy when it arrives to splashy totally free agent signings and slam-dunk trades. The most significant and most eye-opening shift in the franchise’s history was the unusual QB trade concerning Eli Manning and Philip Rivers. As we all bear in mind, the Chargers’ hand was mainly pressured to make some sort of shift, but it still qualifies.
It is alright to be silent in the offseason, but the Chargers seem to be to have manufactured it into a company tenet.
There are a good deal of rumors swirling around the NFL concerning some of the massive identify alternatives that will be on the desk in just a couple brief days. The Steelers are the major losers of the season, with both equally Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown most likely discovering new pastures and drama getting the primary trigger of demise for the Killer B’s. The Cardinals and the Giants will also have their own rumor mills likely wild above the likely departure of massive identify gamers. As we have study as a result of the checklist of likely landing spots (even the very long-shot kinds), the LA Chargers have been significantly absent in every one particular.
Make no blunder, the 2018 Chargers were very potentially the most nicely-rounded group in the NFL. It can make each individual little bit of perception that there actually is not a gaping require for the offseason, and so there is not potent curiosity in totally free brokers. Even so, there hasn’t even been as much as hardly-substantiated rumors matching the Chargers with anybody outside the house of the group.
The franchise tag window has shut, and no moves were manufactured (no surprise—They have utilized the franchise tag only seven moments in the team’s history). The Chargers are very obviously prioritizing their 2018 gamers above acquiring any sort of dream group.
In progress fo totally free agency, the #Chargers are performing to keep standout LB Denzel Perryman, sources say. He’s a key component of their protection and when healthier, he’s been a power. This would retain continuity in the front 7 if it will get accomplished.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 6, 2019
The closest to a surprise this previous month is that the Chargers are Ok with permitting Tyrell Williams exam FA waters, and that Antonio Gates’ agent was inquiring about yet another sunset experience for the 39 calendar year old TE.
As anticipated, Chargers did not use franchise tag. WR Tyrell Williams the Bolts’ best totally free agent is anticipated to hit the sector.
— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) March 5, 2019
To incorporate it all up, it is still notably astonishing that the Chargers aren’t at all feeding the faintest of rumors that any losses in WR, TE, or protection could possibly be stuffed as a result of totally free agency—apart from as a result of re-signing their own totally free brokers.
All-in-all, it points to an group that is obviously aiming for the draft to fill their desires, not the totally free agent sector. With that in brain, the Chargers will not have the luxury of getting the ideal participant at their draft spot, but alternatively their strongest require in every round.
With the San Diego Padres getting surprise suitors for a history-breaking Manny Machado agreement, it would be realistic to assume that the Chargers would contemplate a improve in company policy. Heck, the signing also introduced in a enormous maximize in merchandise and ticket gross sales (to the tune of $3Million currently) for the Padres, some thing that the Chargers should really unquestionably be getting observe of.
At the stop of the day, nevertheless, it seems company as typical for the Chargers. Just after 2018, perhaps that’s the correct final decision soon after all.
-Jason “Blathering Blatherskite” Michaels