The Los Angeles Chargers are earning relatively high marks for their moves in the first few weeks of free agency. General Manager Tom Telesco secured the services of Russell Okung to upgrade the offensive line while providing some quality re-signings to keep core guys in place. The Chargers remain focused on a few additional areas of concern, like safety, but are likely turning the majority of their focus to the fast approaching NFL Draft.
Additionally, Los Angeles placed the franchise tag label on linebacker Melvin Ingram in hopes of negotiating a long-term deal. If nothing is determined prior to the July 15 deadline only the one-year contract can be signed.
ESPN staff writer Eric Williams assigned the grade of “B” for the recent moves.
The top priority for the Chargers was retaining talented edge rusher Melvin Ingram, and general manager Tom Telesco accomplished that by placing the franchise tag on the South Carolina product. Still, the Chargers have to work toward signing Ingram to a long-term deal. Securing Okung and improving the pass protection up front also was a priority. Telesco did a nice job of retaining some core, in-house free agents, including safety Jahleel Addae, long-snapper Mike Windt, reserve quarterback Kellen Clemens and defensive lineman Damion Square.
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Armed with seven selections, one in each round, of the draft Telesco and the Chargers will have plenty of opportunity to address other areas of interest. New head coach Anthony Lynn and his staff can begin April 3 with their offseason development program.