San Diego Chargers 2015 Offseason Guide

Season Summary:

The San Diego Chargers just missed out on a playoff berth. They'll be in contention again next season, especially if they shore up the offensive line and plug some holes on defense. As long as Philip Rivers is playing well, they'll be a playoff contender.

Projected Salary Cap Space (via Spotrac):


Team Needs:

1. Cornerback: Brandon Flowers is a free agent and Shareece Wright struggled. Jason Verett has potential and played well when healthy, but another option (or two if Flowers leaves) is needed.

2. Offensive guard: Chad Rinehart and Johnnie Troutman had rough seasons. The Chargers could use an upgrade. Jeromey Clary is a free agent, but struggled in 2013 and missed all of 2014 with an injury. Perhaps Jeremiah Sirles (very small sample size) can fill one of the starting spots.

3. Offensive tackle: King Dunlap was San Diego’s best lineman, but he’s a free agent.

4. Center: The Chargers used four players at center. They are all free agents. Seriously.

5. Defensive end: Kendall Reyes needs to be replaced as a starter.

6. Wide Receiver: Slot receiver Eddie Royal is a free agent.

7. Running back: Injury-prone Ryan Matthews is a free agent.

8. Tight end: Antonio Gates is aging and can’t block much anymore. He’s still a weapon as a receiver, but cutting him would save almost $6 million. If the Chargers cut him, they’ll need a backup to Ladarius Green.

Potential Cap Casualties:

TE Antonio Gates: potential savings of $5.9 million

OLB Jarret Johnson: potential savings of $5 million

OG Chad Rinehart: potential savings of $3.25 million

*All figures from Spotrac

Free Agents:

RB Ronnie Brown

RB Ryan Matthews

WR Seji Ajirotutu

WR Eddie Royal

OT King Dunlap

OT Willie Smith

OG Jeromey Clary

C Nick Hardwick

C Doug Legursky

C Rich Ohrnberger

C Trevor Robinson (RFA)

DE Ricardo Matthews

MLB Andrew Gachkar

OLB Dwight Freeney

CB Brandon Flowers

CB Shareece Wright

S Marcus Gilchrist

P Mat McBriar

Draft Picks:

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*Via Pro Sports Transactions


— Signed WR Austin Pettis


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