The Chargers have agreed to sign free agent LB Nick Vigil, per NFL Insider Adam Caplan (via Twitter). Ben Baby of ESPN.com tweets that it’s a one-year deal. Vigil was selected by the Bengals in the third round of the 2016 draft and spent the first four years of his career with Cincinnati.
The Utah State turned in a productive platform year in 2019, starting in all 16 games and recording 111 tackles while playing virtually all of the Bengals’ defensive snaps. Advanced metrics were not overly fond of his work, ranking him as the 42nd-best linebacker out of 58 players who played in at least half of his team’s snaps.
But Vigil will not turn 27 until August, and a short-term pact on a fairly young ‘backer with plenty of starting experience and tackling ability makes sense for the Chargers. Indeed, the division-rival Raiders were said to be interested in Vigil before filling their LB needs elsewhere.
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While four teams are still fighting for a chance to raise the Lombardi Trophy, 28 other squads are looking to get any kind of jump on the 2020 season as possible and that includes scouring the list of available free agents.
Many teams will carry over the players that were on their practice squad at season’s end by signing them to a futures contract. Rosters balloon back up to 90 players during the offseason so there is no limit to how many players can be signed to a futures contract.
Following the season, the Chargers chose to sign these eight players:
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De 27 años de edad, tiene 27 atrapadas para 235 yardas en una carrera de tres años que también incluyó una parada con los Cleveland Browns. Jugó en los 16 encuentros hace dos años para Tennessee, pero jugó en solamente en ocho la temporada pasada.
Jennings ha tenido su mayor impacto como regresador de patadas. En 2018, lideró la NFL con un promedio de 31.7 yardas, regresando 22 para 698 yardas con los Titans, incluyendo un touchdown de 94 yardas contra los Miami Dolphins. Ha devuelto 38 patadas en su carrera para 1,052 yardas.
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Despite the great seasons from Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, the depth of the receiving group was a problem in 2019. Dontrelle Inman and Travis Benjamin both got placed on injured reserve fairly early in the season. Benjamin has been signed by the 49ers, and it’s unlikely Inman is back either.
Currently, the third receiver on the depth chart would beAuthentic Andre Patton Jersey. While there’s a good chance for Patton to keep developing and improving, there should be doubts about his ability to play such a pivotal role in 2020. He struggled with drops last season, as well as separation. Players likeAuthentic Jason Moore Jersey and Authentic Jalen Guyton Jersey also fall into the developmental category.
The LA Chargers need a bona fide third receiver option who can take the pressure of Allen and Williams. From the rest of the free-agent pool and the draft, there are some interesting options.
- Demarcus Robinson
The Chiefs have a tight cap. The NFL’s internal salary report found that the Chiefs have just $555K in cap space. While not necessarily a problem for the Super Bowl champions, they will have to shed some talent over the coming years, especially with the inevitable Patrick Mahomes extension.
That almost definitely means losing Demarcus Robinson. While never top two on the depth chart, Robinson has always had good ability in getting separation and has great speed. He went from 288 receiving yards in 2018 to 449 receiving yards in 2019.
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The Chargers don’t have a lot of money to spend in free agency, but Robinson wouldn’t cost a lot. It’s hard to pin a value on him in week two of free agency, but it’s probably $2-4 million in average annual value. That’s a range the Chargers can certainly reach.
Robinson will be just 26 heading into the 2020 season. While he can sometimes struggle with drops, his route running ability and separation are probably the best out of the remaining free-agent class. He’s got great talent and athleticism at a low price point. It just seems like a Tom Telesco type move.
CB/FS Dexter McCoil will compete in practice this week with Antone Exum Jr. for the start at free safety in Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. McCoil has seen action in four games this season, including getting 14 snaps on special teams in the Week 10 win over the New York Giants.
Do the Los Angeles Chargers have the best defensive line in football? One sports writer believes so.
USA TODAY Sports’ Nate Davis ranked each teams’ defensive line in a recent article.
Where did the Chargers land? Well, Davis put the Bolts’ group of linemen No. 1 overall. Here’s what he had to say:
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“Defensive rookie of the year Joey Bosa finished with 10 ½ sacks in just 12 games. He and newly minted Melvin Ingram, who’s converting from linebacker, could give J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney serious competition as the league’s top end tandem. Ex-Seahawk Brandon Mebane’s reunion with new DC Gus Bradley means he should be more comfortable in the middle. And if a lighter, healthier Corey Liuget rebounds in a scheme players typically love, this could be a special quartet.”
It may come as a surprise to some, but the Chargers are strong up front. They have arguably the best-pass rushing duo in the NFL, with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram wreaking havoc on each end. They also have one of the best run stuffers in the game in veteran nose tackle Brandon Mebane, who is already familiar with new DC Gus Bradley’s 4-3 scheme (it’s important to have a guy who knows the system and can help his teammates out). Defensive tackle Corey Liuget played well before disappearing last season, so if he bounces back in a big way, this is a top notch group of starters.
Not only that, but the Chargers have solid depth on the defensive line, which makes this group dangerous. Jeremiah Attaochu, a 2014 second-round pick, has a ton of potential to be a pass-rushing threat but just needs to stay healthy. Damion Square and Darius Philon had their fair share of starts last season and handled their own, especially Square, who played in a career-high 11 games (seven starts) and finished the year with 13 combined tackles and 2.5 sacks. Caraun Reid showed off some playmaking ability before getting hurt, while Tenny Palepoi is another solid rotational player who plays his part.
Bradley is definitely watering at the mouth just thinking about what he can do with all these players at his disposal.