Ranking San Diego Chargers' Best Remaining Free-Agency Options

Marcelo Villa@@_marcelovillaCorrespondent IIMarch 17, 2014

Ranking San Diego Chargers' Best Remaining Free-Agency Options

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    Free agency was all quiet on the Chargers home front.

    To put it into perspective, while a handful of teams had the luxury of shopping at a high-priced designer store, the Chargers were relegated to a league-wide garage sale of sorts.

    San Diego entered free agency with an estimated $5.8 million in cap space, according to Eric D. Williams of ESPN. Five players were retained and five new faces were brought in during the first week.

    Restructured deals for Dwight Freeney, Jarret Johnson and Eddie Royal were done to save the team money, allowing some extra room for last-minute activity in free agency.

    Here are the four best remaining options for San Diego.


4. James Jones

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    The Chargers reportedly offered former Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith a contract, but he opted to stay closer to his home in Charlotte, N.C., by signing with the Baltimore Ravens.

    Hakeem Nicks and James Jones publicly expressed favor toward San Diego, but Nicks was quickly snatched up by Indianapolis, leaving Jones as the last available option with interest.

    Jones has already been drawing interest elsewhere since he made his comments, so the clock is ticking if the Chargers have mutual interest. Again, cap space is an obstacle that would need to be overcome.

3. Seyi Ajirotutu

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    A less-than-glamorous signing at receiver would be Seyi Ajirotutu, but he brings familiarity on offense, which the team needs.

    Ajirotutu has developed an ongoing relationship with the Chargers that has spanned over three seasons (almost), and he's shown in the past he can be a useful asset, even if for one play a year. Last season, Ajirotutu caught the game-winning touchdown that silenced Arrowhead Stadium as time expired.

    San Diego will need depth at receiver, and Ajirotutu should be relatively cheap to come by.

2. Danario Alexander

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    Arguably one of the biggest gambles in free agency would come in signing injury-prone receiver Danario Alexander, who recently suffered complications after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL.

    As Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego reported, Alexander was forced to go under the knife a second time to treat an infection. That makes seven different knee surgeries for the 25-year-old, which should be enough to scare off any team.

    Signing Alexander to a one-year prove-it deal could be a direction San Diego heads in, provided he's healthy and willing to continue his career. The half-season Alexander posted with the Chargers in 2012 is what the team would be hoping for.

1. Rich Ohrnberger

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    He's not a marquee receiver, a shutdown corner or a coveted pass-rusher, but Rich Ohrnberger is vital to San Diego's depth on the offensive line.

    The Chargers managed to keep the O-line intact by re-signing Chad Rinehart, but that same unit could not stay healthy for 16 games. Ohrnberger can play guard, where most of the injuries occurred, and center, where a backup is still missing.

    Johnnie Troutman got some experience filling in at guard last season, but his performance against Denver in the divisional round of the playoffs was enough to prove he's not a reliable alternate to entrust such responsibility to. With Ohrnberger, you're getting experience and his versatility.