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San Diego Chargers Free Agency Tracker: Updated Signings, Rumors, Storylines

Alex RamirezCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2016

San Diego Chargers Free Agency Tracker: Updated Signings, Rumors, Storylines

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    March 13, 2012: Michael Gelken of the San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting the Saints have signed Robert Meachem to a 4 year deal worth $25.9 million dollars with $14 million dollars guaranteed.

     

    This is the biggest of all for San Diego. The Chargers have had multiple opportunities to keep Vincent Jackson long term, but have chose to let him hold out one season and give him the franchise tag the next. There isn't a great relationship between Jackson and Smith. Their relationship may just end a lot like Tomlinson and Smith's, with a lot of bad blood.

    Vincent Jackson is a top ten free agent this year and with Dwyane Bowe, Desean Jackson, Marques Colston, and Steve Johnson being re-signed, the market for Jackson just keeps getting bigger. Reports have said that up to eight teams are interested in Jackson. One of them are the Redskins who recently traded with the Rams for the number two pick, or RG3. Now that they have their quarterback of the future, they need someone who he can throw to. Why not a 6'5'' receiver with incredible jumping ability and athleticism? Look for the Redskins to make a big play for VJ.

    UPDATE March 13, 2012: Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the Buccaneers have signed Vincent Jackson to a 5 year, $55.55 million dollar contract with $26 million dollars guaranteed.

    Bottom line is that Jackson will be offered more somewhere other than San Diego. Unless he pulls a Malcom Floyd and turns down money to return with the Chargers, Vincent Jackson will be playing in a different jersey next season.

    So now the Chargers need to look for replacements. They're expected to draft a speedy receiver this year to replace Patrick Crayton in both special teams and the receiver rotation. Malcom Floyd could jump up to the number one receiver spot and the Chargers could try to add someone like Mario Manningham, Reggie Wayne, or Pierre Garcon.

    There is no way that the Chargers lose Vincent Jackson AND do not sign a receiver to fill his void. Either Jackson will return or a new receiver will be brought in.

Recap of Latest Roster Moves

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    4/4: ProFootballTalk is reporting that DT Luis Castillo has re-signed with the Chargers.

    Everything depends on A.J. Smith.

    3/19: Jason La Canfora of NFL.com is reporting that the Chargers signed TE Dante Rosario.

    Update: Adam Schefter of ESPN reports via his Twitter that the Chargers have signed TE Randy McMichael to a two-year deal.

    Report: Evan Silva of Pro Football Talk reports the Chargers have released backup quarterback Billy Volek.

    Update: Adam Schefter of ESPN reports via his Twitter that the Chargers have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with quarterback Charlie Whitehurst

    Chargers Free Agents:

    Stephen Cooper - Will not be re-signed.
    Patrick Crayton - Will not be re-signed.
    Jared Gaither - In contract negotiations.
    Antonio Garay - Will be attempted to be re-signed.
    Nick Hardwick - Re-signed for 3 years.
    Jacob Hester - Will be attempted to be re-signed.
    Vincent Jackson -

    UPDATE March 13, 2012: Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the Buccaneers have signed Vincent Jackson to a 5 year, $55.55 million dollar contract with $26 million dollars guaranteed.


    Marcus McNeill - Released
    Bob Sanders - Will not be re-signed.
    Mike Tolbert - Will be attempted to be re-signed.

    Possible Acquisitions:

    Mario Williams
    LaRon Landry
    Carl Nicks
    Cadillac Williams
    Mario Manningham
    Reggie Wayne
    Hines Ward
    James Sanders
    Dallas Clark

    March 14, 2012: Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network is reporting that the Chargers signed LB Jarrett Johnson to a 4 year deal.

    March 13, 2012: Michael Gelken of the San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting the Chargers have signed WR Robert Meachem to a 4 year deal worth $25.9 million dollars with $14 million dollars guaranteed.

Will the Chargers Sign a Pass Rusher or Wait for One in the Draft?

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    The big name here is Mario Williams. He's the former number one pick not named Peyton Manning highlighting this free agency class.

    March 15, 2012 Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports via his Twitter that Mario Williams will be given a six-year deal from the Bills. He reports that the contract is worth up to $100 million dollars with $50 million guaranteed.

    San Diego has the money to join the bidding war for Williams, but again, it's all up to A.J. Smith. Williams could be in store for a monster contract, which he deserves, that could take the Chargers out of the mix completely. Since the Shawne Merriman era, San Diego hasn't had an elite pass rusher to pair opposite with Shaun Phillips.

    Plain and simple: Mario Williams could be, should be, and would be that guy. All he needs is an opportunity is San Diego.

    Other players San Diego could look at are: Kamerion Wimbley and Curtis Lofton.

    A.J. Smith and the Chargers are likely to pass on a linebacker or defensive end in free agency and address the situation in the NFL Draft.

    Demario Williams, former linebacker for the Chiefs, was signed by San Diego earlier this week.

Who Will Replace Mike Tolbert?

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    March 14, 2012: Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting the Chargers have signed RB Le'Ron McClain to a 3 year contract.

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    Mike Tolbert is as good as gone. He's reported his list of teams which he desires to play for already, so Charger fans, say goodbye to the human bowling ball.

    Mar. 19, 2012: NFL.com's Jason La Canfora is reporting that the Pathers have signed RB Mike Tolbertto a 4 year deal.

    San Diego is making the right decision. They're proving to Ryan Mathews that he is they guy for the future. Mathews had a stellar year last season, showing everyone how dangerous he really can be. Health is still an issue which raises the concern of a backup. Mike Tolbert did a nice job as the offset back behind Mathews, but he was utilized too often.

    One player that could be a huge step up from Tolbert is Michael Bush of the Oakland Raiders. The guy is an absolute stud. Oakland will try very hard to retain him, but he'll end up leaving for the same reason he won't end up in San Diego. He will be a starting running back next season.

    Interest has been shown in Cadillac Williams recently. The price should be small for him, so look for the Chargers to reach out and give the once explosive back another chance.

    If a running back is not signed during the free agency period, San Diego will draft a guy like LaMichael James or Ronnie Hillman. Both resemble Darren Sproles in many ways.

How Will San Diego Improve Their Offensive Line?

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    It became official today. Marcus McNeill will be released from the Chargers. With the release, San Diego will now be at $20 million in cap space. This could be a factor in A.J. Smith's philosophy.

    San Diego could not risk another season with Marcus McNeill on the roster. His health was the number one factor he was let go, but the other main reason was Jared Gaither. Gaither ended the season with the Chargers after injuries plagued McNeill. He played very well. Rivers was protected better than he was all season with Gaither on his blind side.

    The Chargers have already started negotiations with Jared Gaither and most people expect him to be back in San Diego for next season.

    March 14, 2012: Michael Gelken of the San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting the Saints have re-signed Jared Gaither to a 4 year contract.

    There's one, two to go.

    Nick Hardwick is a free agent this year and like most Chargers fans, I'd hate to see him go. Unless he gets greedy and asks for money he doesn't deserve, San Diego should keep Hardwick. He was the only one who kept the front line intact last year. He's a very consistent player that many teams would love to have if the Chargers somehow let him walk. Re-signed for 3 years.

    Kris Dielman is the last. Dielman was forced to retire after a concussion which led to a seizure this last season. Dielman was one of the best guards to play in San Diego and his position will be hard to fill. Carl Nicks is looking for a lot of money. He could find that in San Diego if the Chargers don't pursue Mario Williams or Vincent Jackson.

    Gaither, Nicks, and Hardwick filling three of the five front line spots would make Philip Rivers very excited to play next season.

    Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting via his Twitter that the Buccaneers have agreed to a deal with former Saints guard Carl Nicks.

Will the Chargers Find the Strong Safety They've Been Searching For?

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    Report: ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting via his Twitter account that the Chargers have agreed to a two-year $2.5 to $4.5 million deal with DB Atari Bigby.

    Eric Weddle signed the largest contract in the history of the NFL for safeties last season. He proved his value by becoming an All-Pro Free Safety and reaching the pro bowl the same year. He WAS the secondary in San Diego.

    Bob Sanders was brought in to be paired with Weddle with the idea of an elite secondary for the Chargers. The experiment failed ... miserably. Sanders played in two games last year. After week two, San Diego was forced to go back to plan b, Steve Gregory. Gregory is an outstanding player, he just doesn't have to caliber to be a starter.

    The Chargers are right back where they were a year ago, except this time they don't have to worry about losing Weddle. They can focus on the strong safety position.

    LaRon Landry is the first guy that should be on the Chargers' radar. He's in the best shape of his life and when healthy, he's one of the best safeties in the league. Health concerns are a big reason the Chargers stay away from certain players. Landry is only 27 years old so his future is very bright.

    If San Diego isn't too sure about whether or not Landry can stay healthy, players like James Sanders and Jim Leonhard will also be perfect fits. If the Chargers are also looking to save money, those two would be the best bets.

Will Vincent Jackson Be Retained? ... If Not, Who Will Replace Him?

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    Update: Adam Schefter of ESPN reports via his Twitter that WR Eddie Royal has agreed to terms with the San Diego Chargers on a three-year deal.

    March 13, 2012: Michael Gelken of the San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting the Chargers have signed WR Robert Meachem to a 4 year deal worth $25.9 million dollars with $14 million dollars guaranteed.

    March 14, 2012: Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting the Chargers have signed WR Eddie Royal to a 3 year deal. Full details have not been released.

    This is the biggest of all for San Diego. The Chargers have had multiple opportunities to keep Vincent Jackson long term, but have chose to let him hold out one season and give him the franchise tag the next. There isn't a great relationship between Jackson and Smith. Their relationship may just end a lot like Tomlinson and Smith's, with a lot of bad blood.

    Vincent Jackson is a top ten free agent this year and with Dwyane Bowe, Desean Jackson, Marques Colston, and Steve Johnson being re-signed, the market for Jackson just keeps getting bigger. Reports have said that up to eight teams are interested in Jackson. One of them are the Redskins who recently traded with the Rams for the number two pick, or RG3. Now that they have their quarterback of the future, they need someone who he can throw to. Why not a 6'5'' receiver with incredible jumping ability and athleticism? Look for the Redskins to make a big play for VJ.

    UPDATE March 13, 2012: Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the Buccaneers have signed Vincent Jackson to a 5 year, $55.55 million dollar contract with $26 million dollars guaranteed.

    Bottom line is that Jackson will be offered more somewhere other than San Diego. Unless he pulls a Malcom Floyd and turns down money to return with the Chargers, Vincent Jackson will be playing in a different jersey next season.

    So now the Chargers need to look for replacements. They're expected to draft a speedy receiver this year to replace Patrick Crayton in both special teams and the receiver rotation. Malcom Floyd could jump up to the number one receiver spot and the Chargers could try to add someone like Mario Manningham, Reggie Wayne, or Pierre Garcon.

    There is no way that the Chargers lose Vincent Jackson AND do not sign a receiver to fill his void. Either Jackson will return or a new receiver will be brought in.

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