A breakdown of the Los Angeles Chargers’ 2019 free-agent signings.
Denzel Perryman, linebacker
The Chargers re-signed Perryman to a two-year deal on Saturday. Here’s a closer look at Perryman, a second-round draft pick by the Chargers in 2015:
What it means: The Chargers maintain continuity by retaining one of the team’s best run-stoppers along the front seven. Perryman started 35 of 42 games played, recording 226 combined tackles with four sacks, two interceptions and 18 tackles for loss.
What’s the risk: While effective, the University of Miami product has struggled to stay on the field. Perryman has missed 15 of a possible 57 games, finishing two of the past three seasons on injured reserve.
COSTA MESA, Calif. — Heading into free agency this week, the Los Angeles Chargers need just a few pieces to put them over the top as a Super Bowl contender.
Chargers general manager Tom Telesco once again outlined his strategy in building a roster this offseason.
“Anybody that has watched us build our team over the last couple of years, I think you can see that we like to draft, develop and re-sign our own, and then be very selective in free agency,” Telesco said.
Telesco has already begun to bring back some of the team’s free agents, agreeing to terms with linebacker Denzel Perryman on a two-year deal.
Others who could return include Adrian Phillips, Damion Square, Brandon Mebane and Jason Verrett.
The Chargers have also done a nice job over the past three years of selectively adding impact players through free agency, including Casey Hayward, Russell Okung, Mike Pouncey, Travis Benjamin and Mebane.
This year probably will not be any different. With just $22.4 million in cap space, according to ESPN Stats & Information, the Chargers will not be major players in free agency.
However, that does not mean the Chargers cannot get an impact player who can help them.
One player who makes sense for the Chargers is Seattle Seahawks pending unrestricted free agent K.J. Wright.
The Seahawks have already indicated they will let the Wright establish his value in free agency this week.
“K.J. has been a really, really important part of what we have been doing and we would love to have him back,” Seahawks GM John Schneider said during the NFL scouting combine last week. “It’s just a matter of him, and if his people are going to figure out and get a good lay of the land this week in terms of speaking with other teams, but obviously we are going to stay in close communication with him.”
Added Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll: “He’s an incredible part of our program and such a tremendous asset — a leader, performer, personality — everything about him. It’s great to have him around. I hope we can keep. We’re going to try to.”
The Chargers finished with three starting linebackers on injured reserve last season in Perryman, Jatavis Brown and Kyzir White, forcing them to play seven defensive backs in a humbling playoff loss against the New England Patriots.
Wright would reunite with defensive coordinator Gus Bradley in L.A., adding an impact player intimately familiar with the Bolts’ scheme from playing in it for eight years in Seattle.
Selected in the fourth round out of Mississippi State by the Seahawks in the 2011 draft, at 6-foot-4 and 246 pounds, Wright is equally adept at playing the run and the pass, and comfortable with the spotlight of playing in big games.