2. Los Angeles Chargers
The Los Angeles Chargers is another team that is in the process of revamping its offensive line. Just like the Bengals, they drafted a signal-caller in 2020’s selection meeting in Justin Herbert. While they didn’t lose the Oregon product to injury last season, they are taking the necessary steps to ensure he will have adequate protection. After all, they don’ want the 2020 Offensive Rookie of the Year to suffer the same fate as Joe Burow last season.
The Bolts are looking to trade right guard Trai Turner, per Adam Schefter of ESPN, and would free up $11.5 million in cap space without a dead cap hit. A former Pro Bowler, Turner earned a 34.8 Pro Football Focus grade and allowed 19 pressures in nine games last season. Meanwhile, left guard Forrest Lamp is scheduled to become a free agent and it’s unlikely he will return to Los Angeles. He started all 16 games last season but gave up 38 total pressures and two sacks.
The Chargers are projected to have $25 million in cap space ($36.5 million if they move on from Turner) and should be able to upgrade their interior offensive line this offseason. While Joe Thuney o Brandon Scherff may be out of their price range, Norwell could offer a more affordable option.