San Diego Chargers: 3 Players That Need to Be with Team Next Season

Alex RamirezCorrespondent IJanuary 31, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 11:  Wide Receiver Vincent Jackson #83 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates a catch against the Buffalo Bills during their NFL Game on December 11, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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The San Diego Chargers have many holes to fill this offseason, but they do have the capability to do so. They aren't gaping holes, but they're definitely an area of concern.

The positions that need to be assessed are linebacker, safety and wide receiver.

Here are three players that can help these needs.


Vincent Jackson, WR

Number 83 should never play in any other jersey besides the Chargers.

His dedication to the team was on display this last season. Though he does have injury problems and an off-the-field history, Jackson's talent is one of the key elements to the Chargers' explosive offense.

The type of chemistry between he and Philip Rivers is something that would take years to replace. VJ has made it clear that he wants to be back in San Diego.

There is, actually, one person who is undecided about Jackson returning. That's GM and Vice President A.J. Smith.

Things should heat up after the Super Bowl.


Laron Landry, S

He's another player with injury problems, yet another player with amazing talent.

The Chargers should try to land this stud, should he hit the open market.

The Charger's secondary has been awful in recent years. The one player that has been very consistent is Eric Weddle, but he cannot be everywhere on the field.

A strong safety to help him Webble would significantly improve San Diego's secondary. That player that can help is Laron Landry, not Steve Gregory.


Courtney Upshaw, LB

This guy is a stud. Period.

San Diego must draft the youngster out of Alabama. However, Smith and the Chargers have struggled on draft day since 2004.

But, Upshaw is the next Shawne Merriman—when he was good. Upshaw won't be the next Larry English, that's for sure.

The Chargers have already shown interest in Upshaw, but, in order for San Diego to get him, they will probably have to trade up.

Upshaw's performance in the BCS National Championship Game did wonders for his draft stock.