3 Best Offseason Moves From the Los Angeles Chargers

Zach Brunner
Bryan Bulaga has been the most expensive signing by the Chargers.
Bryan Bulaga has been the most expensive signing by the Chargers. / Dylan Buell/Getty Images
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It has been an eventful NFL offseason season thus far, from top players being traded to big-name free agents switching places. One of the teams that have quietly improved and have been among the free agency winners has been the Los Angeles Chargers.

After finishing last in the AFC West last season, the Chargers are hopeful that they can bounce back in a major way. From the free agency moves they have made so far they look to be on the right track. These are the three best offseason moves the Chargers have made.

3. Signing Bryan Bulaga

Bryan Bulaga spent his first nine NFL seasons in Green Bay.
Bryan Bulaga spent his first nine NFL seasons in Green Bay. / Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Philip Rivers must be shaking his head somewhere, seeing the Chargers improve their offensive line immediately following his departure. The front line has been a weakness of the Chargers for a number of seasons, and signing right tackle Bryan Bulaga will go a long way to fix that. Bulaga has been among the best tackles in the league when healthy, and he received a 77.8 overall grade from Pro Football Focus in 2019. No matter what the future of the quarterback position looks like for the Chargers, they need to protect that player, and Bulaga is the perfect addition for that.

2. Signing Chris Harris Jr.

Chris Harris Jr. has spent all nine years of his career in Denver.
Chris Harris Jr. has spent all nine years of his career in Denver. / Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

The Chargers made a number of moves to improve their already tough defense, but none were as significant as signing former Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. Harris has continued to be an above-average corner and locks players down in man coverage. He doesn't fare as well on the outside, but with Casey Hayward giving the Chargers strength in that role, Harris can move back into the slot where he excels.

1. Letting Melvin Gordon Walk

Melvin Gordon played his first five seasons with the Chargers.
Melvin Gordon played his first five seasons with the Chargers. / Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

This is no knock the Melvin Gordon, who is a solid running back on all accounts. However, the recipe for success in the NFL is rarely to lock a bunch of money into a single running back, who carries the most risk on the team to get hurt. By letting Gordon go, the Chargers were able to extend the younger Austin Ekeler to team-friendly contract, and they can find another talented back late in the draft, using this extra cash elsewhere.


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