The San Diego Chargers have been fairly quiet in free agency this offseason, but there's still 24 days until the NFL draft, and there are still hungry veterans out on the open market the Chargers could pick up at key positions.
Last year, the Chargers signed Jarius Wynn and Deon Butler in April. (Close your window if the crickets are that loud.) Butler made it to August with the team, Wynn was gone by October. Yes, it was an underwhelming late haul, but the team had done their most important work in March by signing guys like Danny Woodhead and King Dunlap.
Nevertheless, a new year brings a new crop of free agents. Now determining which free agents are still within reach is a bit tricky at this point, and especially so for the Chargers who have an estimated $3.6 million in cap space, according to Spotrac.com. This makes for some thrifty shopping. The Chargers also recently re-signed Rich Ohrnberger, which further muddles the cap numbers.
For the purpose of this article, the free agents considered "within reach" have salaries that wouldn't put the Chargers immediately over the hard cap, or players of similar value are signing for contracts that wouldn't have the Chargers hit the hard cap.
So no, the Chargers aren't going to double-down on free-agent running backs and go for Chris Johnson, but a stud defensive tackle like Kevin Williams? He certainly could find his way to San Diego in the coming weeks.
If the Chargers did manage to snag any of the players on this list, they could address some team needs before they phone wide-eyed college players at Radio City Music Hall in May.