1-Man’s Opinion on Sports-Wednesday “Chargers-Do Business Differently”

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“Chargers-Do Business Differently”


The Chargers came out of character on Monday and Tuesday, a wild spending spree never seen in the last decade.

It begs the question who is making decisions now in the Chargers front office?  The aggressiveness equals the way coach Brandon Staley coaches games.  As of this hour, the Chargers have spent 110M in free agency in addition to the huge amount of money they took on with the trade for LB-Khalil Mack.

Has ownership given Staley the final decision on the roster over longtime GM-Tom Telesco and President of Football Ops John Spanos?  Sure seems that way, for Telesco has never acted like this in player deals or free agency dating back to his hiring in San Diego.

The almost immediate signing of Patriots star CB-JC Jackson amounted to an (82M) investment, with 40M guaranteed.  His 25-pass interceptions over 4-years in New England are outstanding as is his athleticism.

Addresssing the importation of Rams DT-Sebastian Joseph-Day and Giants DT-Austin Johnson accounted for another 37M in committments.

The trade for Mack added 17-23-27M in payroll over the next three years.  But it also added a fierce pass rush guy opposite Joey Bosa, and now Jackson’s skill joins Derwin James and the young kids in Asanta Samuel-Alois Gilman in a rebuilt secondary.

The Chargers took 56M-in cap space and spent down to 12M in a span of 48-hours of negotiations.  They just added (10.7M) cap space by releasing Bryan Bulaga.  They might clear another (8.5M) if they dump DT-Linval Joseph.

Surprisingly they walked away from DE-Uchenna Nwos, despite a very strong year., and are not offering TE-Jared Cook a new deal despite a pretty strong veteran season coupled with young QB-Justin Herbert.  And the same fate likely faces veteran CB-Chris Harris, also out on the corner.

Unresolved is young DT-Jason Jones, who got better and better as the year went on.  He remains unsigned.

They could address their offensive line in the first and second round of the draft, which is loaded upfront.  Only the coming days will tell if they do anything else, after 51-NFL players changed teams on Monday and Tuesday.

There are alot of interesting names still out there, and the prices will come down quickly now.  A look at who it left out there from the original Top 100-free agents authored by NBC Sports.


1. Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (The Packers used the franchise tag on March 8.)

2. Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson (Agreed to a five-year, $82.5 million deal with the Chargers on March 14.)

3. Chiefs tackle Orlando Brown (The Chiefs used the franchise tag on March 7.)

4. Saints tackle Terron Armstead

5. Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (The Buccaneers used the franchise tag on March 8.)

6. Rams edge rusher Von Miller

7. Cardinals edge rusher Chandler Jones

8. Bengals safety Jessie Bates (The Bengals used the franchise tag on March 7.)

9. Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis (Agreed to three-year, $45 million deal with the Bucs on March 14.)

10. Former Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner

11. Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson

12. Saints safety Marcus Williams (Agreed to five-year, $70 million deal with the Ravens on March 15.)

13. Commanders guard Brandon Scherff (Agreed to sign with the Jaguars on March 14.)

14. Saints quarterback Jameis Winston

15. Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen (He agreed to a three-year, $39 million deal with the Bucs on March 13.)

16. Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki (The Dolphins used the franchise tag on March 8.)

17. Dolphins edge rusher Emmanuel Ogbah (Agreed to a four-year, $65 million deal withthe Dolphins on March 14.)

18. Panthers cornerback Stephon Gilmore

19. Cowboys edge rusher Randy Gregory (Agreed to a contract with the Broncos on March 15.)

20. Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu

21. Browns edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney

22. Seahawks tackle Duane Brown

23. Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham

24. Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz (The Cowboys used the franchise tag on March 8.)

25. Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (Agreed to one-year deal with the Dolphins on March 14.)

26. Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks

27. Former Packers edge rusher Za’Darius Smith

28. Panthers edge rusher Haason Reddick (Agreed to three-year deal with the Eagles on March 14.)

29. Chiefs edge rusher Melvin Ingram

30. Packers linebacker De’Vondre Campbell (Agreed to a five-year, $50 million deal withthe Packers on March 14.)

31. Raiders cornerback Casey Hayward

32. Bills quarterback Mitch Trubisky (Agreed to two-year deal with the Steelers on March 14.)

33. Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota

34. Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup (Agreed to a five-year, $62.5 million deal with the Cowboys on March 13.)

35. Ravens defensive lineman Calais Campbell

36. Jaguars tackle Cam Robinson (The Jaguars used the franchise tag on March 8.)

37. 49ers guard Laken Tomlinson (Agreed to three-year deal with the Jets on March 14.)

38. Bears guard James Daniels (Agreed to three-year deal with the Steelers on March 15.)

39. Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski

40. Former Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry

41. Former Titans guard Rodger Saffold (Signed with the Bills on March 14.)

42. Bills edge rusher Jerry Hughes

43. Rams tackle Joe Noteboom (Agreed to a three-year, $40 million deal with the Rams on March 14.)

44. 49ers defensive tackle D.J. Jones (Agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with the Broncos on March 14.)

45. Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs (Agreed to a three-year, $40 million deal with the Seahawks on March 14.)

46. Rams cornerback Darious Williams

47. Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster

48. Jets safety Marcus Maye

49. Seahawks cornerback D.J. Reed (Agreed to a three-year, $33 million deal with the Jets on March 15.)

50. Titans center Ben Jones (Signed a two-year deal with the Titans on March 14.)

51. Chiefs cornerback Charvarius Ward (Agreed to a three-year, $42 million deal with the 49ers on March 14.)

52. Falcons running back Cordarrelle Patterson

53. Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (Agreed to sign with the Jaguars on March 14.)

54. Ravens edge rusher Justin Houston

55. Jaguars wide receiver DJ Chark (Agreed to a one-year deal with the Lions on March 15.)

56. Falcons linebacker Foyesade Oluokun (Agreed to three-year deal with the Jaguars on March 14.)

57. Giants tight end Evan Engram (Agreed to a one-year deal with the Jaguars on March 14.)

58. Rams guard Austin Corbett (Agreed to terms with the Panthers on March 14.)

59. Former Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack

60. Cowboys guard Connor Williams (Agreed to two-year, $14 million deal with the Dolphins on March 15.)

61. Patriots tackle Trent Brown

62. Packers cornerback Rasul Douglas

63. Eagles cornerback Steven Nelson

64. Cardinals tight end Zach Ertz (Agreed to a three-year, $31.65 million deal with Cardinals on March 13.)

65. Broncos cornerback Bryce Callahan

66. Buccaneers guard Alex Cappa (Agreed to a four-year, $40 million deal with the Bengals on March 14.)

67. Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette

68. Cardinals running back James Conner (Agreed to a three-year deal with the Cardinals on March 14.)

69. Colts tackle Eric Fisher

70. Browns tight end David Njoku (The Browns used the franchise tag on March 7.)

71. Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett

72. Former Browns center JC Tretter

73. Jaguars guard Andrew Norwell

74. Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower

75. Bengals defensive tackle B.J. Reed (Re-signed with the Bengals on March 14.)

76. Buccaneers safety Jordan Whitehead

77. Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch

78. Broncos linebacker Alexander Johnson

79. Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling

80. Jets defensive tackle Folorunso Fatukasi (Agreed to three-year deal with the Jaguars on March 14.)

81. Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny

82. Jets tackle Morgan Moses

83. Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson

84. Broncos linebacker Josey Jewell (Agreed to two-year deal with the Broncos on March 15.)

85. Rams center Brian Allen (Re-signed with the Rams on March 14.)

86. Buccaneers defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh

87. Broncos running back Melvin Gordon

88. Texans safety Justin Reid (Agreed to a three-year, $31.5 million deal with the Chiefs on March 14.)

89. Cowboys safety Jayron Kearse

90. Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr

91. Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson

92. Rams defensive tackle Sebastian Joseph-Day (Agreed to three-year deal with Chargers on March 14.)

93. Seahawks tight end Gerald Everett

94. Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds (Agreed to a two-year, $12.6 million deal withthe Dolphins on March 14.)

95. Ravens safety DeShon Elliott

96. Lions edge rusher Charles Harris

97. Bengals tackle Riley Reiff

98. Chargers linebacker Kyzir White

99. Patriots safety Devin McCourty (Agreed to one-year, $9 million deal with Patriots on March 13.)

100. Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton

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