3 Best Remaining Free Agents the Chargers Can Sign

The Los Angeles Chargers still have the cap space to be active in free agency.
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J.C. Jackson, CB

Chargers fans probably don't want to hear this after how bad the first JC Jackson experiment went but hear me out.

JC Jackson signed a five-year, $82.5 million deal with the Chargers back in 2022. That contract proved to be an unmitigated disaster as the Pro Bowl defender only played in five games in his first season in Los Angeles, before being traded back to the Patriots in the middle of his second season.

However, the 28-year-old cornerback would be coming back to the Chargers in much different circumstances now. After being released by New England this offseason, Jackson is at a different stage of his career. He had two consecutive disappointing seasons, so he will likely have minimal salary expectations.

As recently as 2021, Jackson was one of the best cornerbacks in the league. If he can regain some of that form, he could still be an intriguing defensive backfield option for any team in the league.

And the Chargers are one of the most cornerback-needy teams in the league. Their rotation outside of Asante Samuel Jr. leaves plenty to be desired. Kristian Fulton is expected to start on the opposite side of Samuel but he hasn't had the most encouraging couple of seasons with the Titans prior to coming to Los Angeles.

Despite his recent struggles, Jackson is one of the better corners left on the market. Considering that the Chargers are likely out of Stephon Gilmore and Xavien Howard sweepstakes, they might not be able to do better than Jackson.