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San Diego Chargers: One Free Agent to Fill Each of the Present or Future Holes

Ross WarnerContributor IIIMarch 12, 2013

San Diego Chargers: One Free Agent to Fill Each of the Present or Future Holes

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    Thus far, the Chargers have made more noise for the players they've released then the ones they've acquired.  As of Tuesday, they have let go Takeo Spikes, Atari Bigby and Randy McMichael. 

    It is unclear which holes the Chargers will need to fill until they begin maneuvering along with the rest of the NFL now that the free agency period has officially begun.  They haven't said much, but that was also the case last season and they made a flurry of moves (Jared Gaither, Robert Meachem, Le' Ron McClain, Jarret Johnson) early on. 

    Here's a short list of guys who could be signed in the near future.

1. Eric Winston

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    The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Winston visited with the Chargers on Saturday night.  Winston would replace Jeromey Clary at right tackle.  He might not be worth the money, but he would certainly be an upgrade over Clary.  Then again, that's not exactly high praise.

2. Andy Levitre

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    One man's trash is truly another man's treasure.  The free agency period is the latest of the NFL's official "events" in its year-round slate of entertainment.  Several sources have suggested Levitre as a good fit for the Bolts due to his Southern California roots and the presence of former Bills (now Chargers) offensive line coach Joe D' Alessandris. 

    Of course, that doesn't justify what is likely to be a high price tag for his services.  Even local columnists like Jay Paris aren't sure if the Bolts will be aggressive or not in free agency.  Tom Telesco wants to be prudent, but a fourth straight year of missing the playoffs isn't likely to excite fans. 

3. Derek Cox

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    The San Diego Union-Tribune reported yesterday that Cox is a possible replacement for Antoine Cason.  In the article, Michael Gehlken says that Cason will cost more than "the Chargers are looking to invest in the position."

    It should read "more than the Chargers are looking to invest in Cason."  It is no secret that the biggest investment will be on the offensive line.  However, Cason's performance (or lack thereof) is a big factor here. 

4. Jerraud Powers

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    Powers is reportedly part of a "cluster" of cornerbacks that Tom Telesco is looking at.  Powers would seem like a good fit due to his presence on Telesco's old team.  However, an image search for Powers shows an alarming number of photos of him getting burned by opposing receivers.  This is not one of them.

    It is interesting to see that there appears to be a lot of disagreement as to the expectations for the Chargers this year.  Tom Telesco seems hesitant to burden the team with any bloated deals due to their less-than-ideal cap space. 

    But does being cautious in free agency and building through the draft equate to "rebuilding"?  Telesco took that approach in Indianapolis and the team went to the playoffs.  In 2004, the Chargers took a similar approach after a 4-12 season. 

    Sometimes the moves that are equated with a "rebuilding" phase lead to a quick turnaround.  In today's NFL, the difference (and the days) between winning and losing is smaller than ever.

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