A breakdown of the initial wave of free agency for the Los Angeles Chargers:
Overall grade: B. As usual, the Chargers did not make many splashy signings in free agency. Instead, general manager Tom Telesco chose to address specific needs with sensible deals, like signing blocking tight end Virgil Green to a three-year, $8.6 million contract on the opening day of free agency. The Chargers do not have many big holes on the roster, and the draft is loaded with talented prospects, so Telesco should add a handful of impact players in April. The Chargers have seven picks overall and four among the top 120 selections.
Most significant signing: Signing center Mike Pouncey to a two-year, $15 million deal after the Miami Dolphins released him was a big get, but the Chargers' most significant signing was kicker Caleb Sturgis. Finding a reliable kicker was the team’s top priority this offseason. Though Sturgis will compete with two kickers already on the roster in Nick Rose and Roberto Aguayo, the fact that the Chargers gave him $1 million in guaranteed money probably points to Sturgis as the starter. At 28 years old, Sturgis satisfies coach Anthony Lynn's request for a young kicker who can grow with the organization. The Chargers are hopeful that Sturgis, who was limited to only one game for the Philadelphia Eagles last season because of a hip injury, can fix the team's woeful kicking game, which converted a league-worst 67 percent of its field goal attempts last season.
Most significant loss: Kenny Wiggins was solid at right guard for the Chargers last season, playing all 16 games and helping the offensive line finish with a league-low 18 sacks allowed. Wiggins signed a two-year, $5 million deal to join the Detroit Lions in free agency, reuniting with former Chargers offensive line coach Jeff Davidson. The Chargers have a replacement for Wiggins in Forrest Lamp. However, the Western Kentucky product did not play at all his rookie season after suffering an ACL knee injury in training camp last year. Staying healthy and developing chemistry up front with new center Pouncey will be critical for Lamp.
Player they should have signed: The Chargers' AFC West rival, the Kansas City Chiefs, signed former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens to a five-year, $45 million deal that included $21 million in guaranteed money. The Chargers need playmakers at the second level of their defense, and Hitchens would have been a scheme fit. However, the Chargers probably could not have matched the compensation offered by the Chiefs.
What's next: The Chargers still have about $6 million in salary cap space, according to ESPN Stats & Information, so they have enough money to make perhaps one more impact signing in free agency, whether it's bringing back safety Tre Boston or finding another productive player to add to the defense. The Chargers also need to figure out if they will re-sign veteran tight end Antonio Gates, who at the end of the Bolts' 2017 campaign said he wanted to play another season.
Additions: Mike Pouncey, C; Virgil Green, TE, Caleb Sturgis, K