The Los Angeles Chargers finally have their head coach as the team announced the hiring of Jim Harbaugh. This rightfully caused excitement among the Chargers hopefuls but the difficult part starts now.
The Bolts not only went 5-12 but they also have a long list of free agents and very limited cap space. They desperately need to make roster upgrades but are too cash-strapped to do so. Therefore, nailing the offseason decisions and finding value on the margins will be key to constructing a postseason-worthy roster.
That will start with free agency. The Chargers can't afford to hold onto players who aren't on good-value contracts. So, they should be fine parting ways with some of their key free agents. There are a few names that are better off elsewhere than in Los Angeles.
TE Gerald Everett
After having a career season in his first year with the Chargers in 2022, Everett was less involved in the offense last season. He finished 2023 with 411 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
Everett has been one of Justin Herbert's favorite targets on critical downs due to his ability to force missed tackles and make plays. He is certainly a valuable tight end.
However, he is 29 years old and he is going to be one of the most sought-after tight ends on the free agent market. There aren't too many good tight ends available as Everett is ranked the fourth-best free agent tight end hitting the market this offseason by PFF.
This could push Everett's price to a point where the Bolts aren't comfortable paying. They might be better off drafting his replacement or giving Donald Parham Jr. more of a look as the TE1.