The San Diego Chargers have plenty of holes, leaving a daunting task for new general manager Tom Telesco to steady a ship rocked by poor drafting and poor free-agency moves by the former regime.
According to SportTrac, the Chargers have slightly more than $7 million in cap space. That’s not enough to land any of the major free agents available.
While it would be nice if free agency were as simple as a picking whichever player you want, the truth is it is a very calculated procedure based on money: how much is a player worth and how much does the team have to offer without mortgaging the future.
Telesco said he wants to use free agency “to supplement the roster,” whereas San Diego will be a “draft-driven organization.” He later clarified his statement, telling fans during an online chat session on Chargers.com that the team “will absolutely use free agency as a tool to fill needs.” He also made a point to emphasize that free agency is not just about signing new players, but re-signing their own.
If Chargers fans were hoping to land left tackle Jake Long or any other big-name free agent out there, they may be left disappointed.