San Diego Chargers: 10 Last-Minute Free Agents the Chargers Should Sign
Final cuts are tomorrow, Friday, August 31st. The Chargers will release 22 players.
Early this preseason, San Diego is already hurting in positions like cornerback, offensive line and wide receiver. There are still talented veteran free agents out there looking for teams.
Here are 10 players the Chargers should sign to bolster their 53-man roster.
Kareem McKenzie (OT)
Eleven-year veteran Kareem McKenzie is in search of a new home after winning the Super Bowl in 2012 with the New York Giants.
From 2002-2004, McKenzie was the right tackle for a Jets team that had Curtis Martin at running back. In those three seasons, Curtis Martin had 1,000 yards each year.
In an article on NJ.com, it mentions that McKenzie understands his career may be over. He's waiting for a team to pick him up, and if no team does, he will retire.
Jake Scott (OG)
He started every game of the last four seasons for the Titans.
As of now, Jake Scott is searching for a place to play his ninth season. He visited a couple of teams early in free agency, but he didn't land a contract.
The Chargers need front-line help. Whether it's a starter or just veteran leadership, San Diego should at least take a look at Jake Scott.
Bryant McFadden (CB)
Chargers have four veterans at cornerback. Three are out with hamstring injuries: utsd.us/OvFt1O— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) August 29, 2012
That pretty much sums it up for San Diego. They need help at cornerback with their players out. Those players include Quentin Jammer, Shareece Wright and Marcus Gilchrist.
Bryant McFadden was arguably one of the best cornerbacks when free agency started. The Chargers have confidence in their cornerbacks, but with the early injuries, it wouldn't be a bad idea to pick him up.
Donald Strickland (CB)
Anyone remember this guy?
Donald Strickland, the former Charger, is still looking for a team.
As mentioned in the Bryant McFadden slide, San Diego needs to look at cornerbacks right now.
The Chargers were Donald Strickland's team in 2010. He's a veteran who's played nine years in the NFL and can contribute to a team like San Diego.
Donald Strickland is familiar with the Chargers—they should give him a call about a reunion.
Kelly Jennings (CB)
Kelly Jennings, former Cincinnati Bengal, is another player who should be given the opportunity to play for the Chargers.
It's already been noted that San Diego is hurting in the defensive back area.
Kelly Jennings is like Strickland. He's not a starter, but he can contribute and get into the rotation when needed.
The Chargers need to sign a veteran cornerback as soon as possible if the injuries to Jammer, Gilchrist and Wright don't get better.
Plaxico Burress (WR)
Plaxico Burress didn't have the season many expected him to have in 2011.
His best game last season came against, well, the San Diego Chargers.
In that game, Burress scored three touchdowns, tying a career high.
He's 6'5'', which makes him the ideal target for Philip Rivers. The only bad thing about Burress is his age. He's 35.
We all know what Plaxico Burress can do. We saw his talent when playing with Eli Manning.
His average year last season may be because of age, or maybe it was the quarterback throwing to him. Phillip Rivers would love to have Plaxico Burress to throw to, especially with Vincent Jackson gone now.
Chad Clifton (OT)
Simply put, Jared Gaither is beginning to scare San Diego.
Gaither's injury puts the Chargers in search of another left tackle.
Mike Harris has done a great job this preseason filling in for him, but because he's a rookie, his consistency isn't known yet.
Chad Clifton, former left tackle for the Green Bay Packers, was released by the Packers after failing a physical. The Chargers need to attend their front-line issues, starting with the blindside of Philip Rivers.
Philip Rivers needs to be healthy this season. The Chargers need a guy like Chad Clifton.
Jason Brown (C)
Nick Hardwick suffered a concussion this preseason, and his timetable of returning is unknown.
San Diego has Colin Baxter and David Molk, but their combined time of experience is two years. The Chargers need a veteran center to help in practice and to rely on.
Now, Dave Molk ... I am quite sure Chargers see something in him long term. Because he'll make the team-- & Colin Baxter is better right now— UTKevinAcee (@UTKevinAcee) August 27, 2012
Terrell Owens (WR)
Honestly, why not?
The Chargers' top two receivers, Malcom Floyd and Robert Meachem, each struggle with injury issues every season.
Eddie Royal also has a history of getting hurt, and with Vincent Brown out till the second part of the season, adding another veteran talented receiver wouldn't hurt.
Terrell Owens still has it. Yeah, he dropped a touchdown pass this preseason. That's one time.
He still has the speed and versatility he used to. He would excel with Philip Rivers.
Shawne Merriman (LB)
This is a joke.
Shawne Merriman is searching for a new team. Best of luck to him. It won't be the Chargers.