3 Former Chargers Los Angeles Should Sign for a Reunion in Free Agency

The Los Angeles Chargers should look to bring back these familiar faces in free agency to take a step forward next season.
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The Los Angeles Chargers are kickstarting a new era under new head coach Jim Harbaugh. After being one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL last season, finishing with a 5-12 record, the Chargers are looking to take a step forward in their 2024 campaign.

With that objective in mind, the Chargers have some work to do this offseason. With free agency only a few days away and the Bolts still over the salary cap, their options in the open market will be limited. They may not have a shot at the highest profile of free agents but there are still plenty of players within their budget who can make an impact.

It will be especially helpful if these players are familiar with the team and the organization. Here are three former Chargers on the free-agent market who would be excellent additions to Los Angeles for the 2024 season.

DT Lawrence Guy

The Chargers unfortunately don’t have the luxury to spend big on top of the market free agents this offseason. They are severely impacted in terms of cap space and don’t have too much financial flexibility to be major players in free agency. This opens the door for low-ceiling, high-floor signings that would help the Bolts get back to respectability. 

Lawrence Guy is the definition of a low-ceiling, high-floor signing. The veteran defensive lineman spent the last seven years with the New England Patriots, winning a Super Bowl in the process. At age 33, he still managed to play every game for the Pats last season and is still a reliable space eater.

Guy’s tenure with the Chargers was a forgettable one. After being a seventh-round selection with the Green Bay Packers back in 2011, he spent two seasons with the Chargers, failing to establish his career. That was until he signed with the Baltimore Ravens in 2014. He later signed a four-year, $20 million deal with the Patriots in 2017 and has been a mainstay in Foxborough ever since.

Until he became a cap casualty last week, that is. The Patriots, entering a new rebuilding era, moved on from the veteran defensive tackle. One team’s cap casualty could be another team’s treasure. Guy can still play, as demonstrated by New England’s league-leading yards-per-carry rush defense last season. 

Considering that it would be on a highly affordable one-year veteran deal, bringing Guy back makes a ton of sense for the Chargers.