An early look at 2023 Los Angeles Chargers’ Free Agents Offensive

Chargers currently have about $16.5 million in remaining cover space for 2022.

While Tom Telesco historically uses roughly $7 million of that amount in acquisitions per season, that still leaves nearly $9.5 million that must be shifted to the 2023 cap.

It’s an important number to watch with a few important contributors set to gain access to free agency. With that being said, hThis is an early look at the attack LA players will need to make a decision on next season.

Likely to be kept

Chase Daniel, QB (UFA)

Galen Guyton, WR (RFA)

Donald Parham, TE (RFA)

Given Justin Herbert’s glowing comments about Daniel during last week’s OTAs, it certainly looks as though the veteran would be welcome to stay in L.A. for as long as he wants to keep getting dressed – and possibly longer if he wants to get into training after that. The only way I see Daniel leave outside next season is if he retires or if there is a cheaper veteran presence with the same mind set for the game. However, the relationship that Daniel and Herbert had should keep him on the list.

Gayton will be given a chance to prove that the lack of a deep threat in production ahead of a season was due to problems in the offensive line rather than a lack of talent on his part. The fact that the Chargers declined to be added to the WR room in the draft also indicates their confidence in Guyton’s abilities. We expect him to be WR4 or 5 this season, with a few big plays when he and Herbert call a bombshell. As long as he’s not fully unplayable this season, Los Angeles will likely extend his RFA bid for him.

Parham should continue to play a big role in Joe Lombardi’s attack in 2022, after a small campaign in 2021 was cut short by a frightening late-season concussion. It might yield some goals for veteran Gerald Everett, but it shouldn’t be more than what Jared Cook gave up a season ago. If Parham’s development path continues down this cycle, his RFA bid could be a massive deal for the Chargers who have their fair share of stars owed for huge paydays.

Make or break the season

Storm Norton, RT (RFA)

Tree Pepkins, RT (UFA)

This likely boils down to how the right intervention battle will come out in the off-season and how the winner will perform throughout the year. Norton had already secured his exclusive rights bid this season despite struggling for most of 2021 as a start, and the front office is clearly satisfied enough with the $895,000 price tag this season. Pipkins is an interesting project that is evaluated on the outside looking inside, considering that it has barely played since it was drafted in 2019. It’s always been a project coming from Sioux Falls, and will likely need to show that it’s worth the wait if he wants to It remains a charger beyond 2022.

If Norton or Pipkins win the job convincingly and play well, expect them to be back in the fold in 2023. If they do well but hold the job all season, I still expect to bring the winner of the Offseason competition. Back to the depth of first aid. But if both the struggle and the right tackle continue to be a pain point for this offense, expect Norton and Pipkins to look elsewhere while Los Angeles looks for another option, likely near the top of the 2023 draft.

It’s too early to say

DeAndre Carter, WR (UFA)

Well Club (UFA)

Both Carter and Clapp have been acquired this season, and their futures in the team will likely depend almost entirely on their performances in 2022. Carter will be the main kicker return but should have some looks on attack, which in theory makes him a promotion on special teams. Only Andre Roberts. However, if he can’t gain a foothold in the offensive, Los Angeles could look for a more diverse return that can contribute in other ways.

A reserve indoor guard dog would be tasked with managing the fort if casualties took their toll, but his ranger/position versatility would be valuable. He is a substitution level player and replaces Michael Schofield’s role in the offensive line. Just as Clapp replaces Schofield, we could see another versatile backup replace Clapp in 2023. But without a true backup position behind Corey Linsley, Clapp could still be on the roster beyond this season.

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