3 Bold Predictions for the Chargers Offseason
The Los Angeles Chargers have a young and exciting team, led by key players such as Justin Herbert, Austin Ekeler and Joey Bosa. Unfortunately, the organization's bright core wasn't enough to make the playoffs in 2021, marking the seventh time in eight years that the Chargers failed to qualify for the postseason.
The good news is that the Chargers have a ton of offseason resources to improve things. Not only does Los Angeles have 11 2022 NFL Draft picks at its disposal, but general manager Tom Telesco also has over $57.5 million in cap space to spend in free agency.
In the meantime, here's a look at three bold predictions for the Chargers' offseason.
Chargers Bold Predictions
1. Chargers Sign TE Mike Gesicki in Free Agency
Jared Cook served as the Chargers' starting tight end in 2021, but he's now a free agent and they need a replacement. With a lot of cap space to spare, they should target former Miami Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki. Even though he didn't find the end zone as much as in previous years, the 26-year-old finished last season with new career-highs in receptions (73) and receiving yards (780). Gesicki is a solid playmaker for a tight end and could end up being one of Herbert's favorite weapons. Even if he isn't that great of a blocker, his offensive upside alone is enough to add an extra layer to Los Angeles' passing game.
2. Chargers Use Pick No. 17 to Improve Offensive Line
Even though the Chargers' offensive line made serious improvements in 2021, they didn't have the necessary depth to last a 17-game season. Injuries plagued the team upfront, resulting in more bodies being required going forward. Fortunately, the Chargers own the 17th overall pick at the 2022 NFL Draft, which they can use on a promising prospect. Texas A&M's Kenyon Green is one of the best interior o-linemen in the draft and is extremely quick for a 6-foot-4, 325-pound player. Even Northern Iowa's Trevor Penning would make a great pick after posting an NCAA-best 99.9 run-blocking grade on ProFootballFocus last fall. With several NFL-ready o-linemen on the board, Los Angeles can't afford to use its first-rounder on any other position.
3. Chargers Re-Sign WR Mike Williams
One of the most popular free-agent wide receivers this month will be Mike Williams. The 27-year-old veteran finished the 2021 NFL season with 76 catches for 1,146 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, leading to him having an estimated market value of $16.7 million, according to Spotrac. Although that's a lot of money, the Chargers have more than enough room to fit it in the books. Besides, they can't afford to let Williams walk since they don't have other credible pass-catching threats aside from him and Keenan Allen. At the end of the day, Williams loves playing in LA and the Chargers love having him on the roster, so it only makes sense that a deal is done in the coming weeks.
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