New faces: LB Thomas Davis, QB Tyrod Taylor, DT Jerry Tillery, S Nasir Adderley, P Tyler Newsome
They are gone: WR Tyrell Williams, DT Corey Liuget, S Jahleel Addae, CB Jason Verrett, DT Darius Philon, P Donnie Jones
Snapshot 2019: As one of the better teams in the AFC, the Chargers didn’t need any rebuilding this spring, but concentrated on minor retouching.
They found much needed talent and depth at Linebacker, signed Denzel Perryman (two years, $12 million) and added Davis (two years, $10.5 million) at very reasonable prices. Dime security Adrian Phillips (one year, $2 million) was also kept for cheap, giving coordinator Gus Bradley several options to cover tight ends and setbacks.
GM Tom Telesco addressed the D line by retaining Brandon Mebane (two years, $10.6 million) and designing Tillery, whose upward trend is among the highest of all potential customers in the 2019 design group. He then found a perfect partner for Derwin James in Adderley (second round), who has the speed and ball skills to patrol midfield while James hunts in the box.
Williams’ departure was inevitable (and was supposed to bring a compensatory pick on the fourth lap). While another body would have helped at the wide receiver, Mike Williams, Travis Benjamin and Dylan Cantrell should be able to lift the sag. The O-line could have used an upgrade or two – the guards Dan Feeney and Michael Schofield and the right-hand Sam Tevi sometimes fought last year – but continuity usually brings an improvement in advance, and there is still hope that the second forest lamp will develop in 2017.
Was the investment worth it?
-It’s scary to exceed the 10-win total of the Chargers, considering they’ve been unlucky in recent years, but this team is good enough to win 13 or even 14.
Philip Rivers never won the MVP and only got two votes when he led the NFL in the 2008 passers-by rating. But there are worse bets than his +2000 odds.
Bottom line: Two wins from the Super Bowl a year ago, the Chargers didn’t mess with the formula and still found some upgrades. They should be threatening again in the playoffs.
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