What Does Free Agency Tell Us About the San Diego Chargers’ Draft Plans?

March 19, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The San Diego Chargers haven’t exactly been big spenders in free agency. Tom Telesco signed a tight end, offense tackle, offensive guard, cornerback and a running back as his first major moves as general manager. The only player signed who was one of the best available at his positions was cornerback Derek Cox, but the Chargers also had several key subtractions.  
How a team approaches free agency can be revealing. A team like the Chargers—who will try to draft the best player available—will use free agency to fill its needs. Free agency and the draft combined will often tell you what the new regime thinks of the players on the roster.
Part of the reason that mock drafts should be done purely for fun until just before the draft is that free agency usually changes everything. A team might have a major need at a position and sign the biggest name at that position or sign two players to compete for one spot. The Chargers have now made enough moves to revea...

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