2018 Disaster Draft: The San Diego Chargers

The San Diego Los Angeles Chargers of Carson played 2017 in a soccer stadium, which tells you all you need to know about the current disaster state of the franchise as a whole. They skipped town on San Diego to go play in front of literally dozens of people just outside Los Angeles. Outside of disastrous business decisions, the organization itself is extremely healthy. They missed the playoffs in 2017, mostly due to kicking woes and Classic Chargering. A disaster draft leaves them without some key players returning in 2018. The original draft had over twenty players staying, so some hard cuts were made to get the team down to sixteen players protected.

Lost to Free Agency: Antonio Gates, Matt Slauson, Tre Boston

The No Doubters:

Player POS. 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Philip Rivers QB $22,000,000 $23,000,000 UFA
Melvin Ingram OLB $13,875,000 $18,625,000 $16,625,000 UFA
Keenan Allen WR $9,650,000 $10,150,000 $10,650,000 UFA
Joey Bosa DE $7,056,459 $8,232,538 UFA
Casey Hayward CB $5,083,334 UFA
Mike Williams WR $4,488,620 $5,386,344 $6,284,068 UFA
Melvin Gordon RB $3,394,929 UFA
Forrest Lamp G $1,515,209 $1,818,251 $2,121,293 UFA
Hunter Henry TE $1,740,083 $2,030,100 UFA
Desmond King S $624,998 $714,998 $804,998 UFA

The Chargers are an extremely, extremely top-heavy organization, with three “elite” players on defense per Pro Football Focus charting (Ingram, Bosa and Hayward). Add in their offensive core with Rivers/Allen/Williams/Henry/Gordon and you have a nice start. From there, you round out the no doubters with Forrest Lamp, who was hurt before his rookie season and cheap and good Desmond King. These guys aren’t going anywhere anytime soon (though Hayward is getting paid in 2019).


The More-Than-Likely Staying:

Player POS. 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Russell Okung LT $14,968,750 $16,000,000 $16,000,000 UFA
Corey Liuget DT $9,500,000 $10,250,000 $9,500,000 UFA
Jahleel Addae SS $5,500,000 $6,000,000 $6,500,000 UFA
Brandon Mebane DT $5,500,000 UFA
Denzel Perryman ILB $1,519,788 UFA
Austin Ekeler RB $556,666 $646,668 RFA

Russell Okung flamed out of Denver in short order thanks to an inability to stay healthy, which is a chronic issue with him (chronic idiocy in not having an agent is also a problem with him). Liuget, Addae, Mebane and Perryman are the Very Good second tier of Chargers defensive players that deserve to stick around. I, personally, really like Austin Ekeler because he did exciting things towards the end of the season. Plus, Melvin Gordon needs someone to spell him when he’s only getting like 3.5 yards per carry. If you disagree, oh well, make your own disaster draft list. Ekeler stays!

The Leftovers:

These poor saps picked up and moved from San Diego to Los Angeles, only to be tossed in the trash like they deserve as Los Angelinos. The Conquistadors and Arches get to pick through the remains of the Chargers roster to find something of value.

Player POS. 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Jason Verrett CB $8,526,000 UFA
Travis Benjamin WR $7,000,000 $6,500,000 UFA
Joe Barksdale RT $5,706,250 $6,300,000 UFA
Damion Square DT $2,612,500 UFA
Chris Hairston LT $1,525,000
Mike Windt LS $1,070,000 $1,085,000 $1,200,000 UFA
Dan Feeney G $865,158 $1,024,158 $1,146,158 UFA
Kyle Emanuel OLB $759,643 UFA
Darius Philon DE $735,149 UFA
Rayshawn Jenkins S $720,552 $810,552 $900,553 UFA
Craig Mager CB $705,000 UFA
Hayes Pullard ILB $705,000 UFA
Jatavis Brown ILB $676,096 $766,097 UFA
Drew Kaser P $668,456 $758,457 UFA
Kenneth Farrow RB $631,668 RFA
Spencer Pulley C $630,668 RFA
Chris Landrum OLB $630,000 RFA
Cardale Jones QB $630,000 $720,000 UFA
Sam Tevi T $595,447 $685,447 $775,450 UFA
Sean Culkin TE $559,000 $649,000 RFA
Charmeachealle Moore OLB $558,333 $648,334 RFA
Michael Davis CB $555,000 $645,000 RFA
Isaac Rochell DT $555,000 ERFA
Roberto Aguayo K $555,000 $645,000 RFA
Nick Rose K $555,000 ERFA
Donavan Clark G $501,524 $741,524 UFA
Jeff Richards CB $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Whitney Richardson DE $480,000 $5,700,000 ERFA
Brett Boyko G $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Cole Toner G $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Anthony Kukwa LS $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
James Onwualu OLB $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
A.J. Hendy S $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Braedon Bowman TE $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Andre Patton WR $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Artavis Scott WR $480,000 $570,000 ERFA


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