The Los Angeles Chargers had free-agent safety Tre Boston pay them a visit. The former Carolina Panthers defensive back has also visited with the Buffalo Bills.
Boston has familiarity with Bills new head coach Sean McDermott and new general manager Brandon Beane from his time in Carolina.
Boston took to Twitter to keep everyone posted on where he is at in the free-agent process and how he felt about the two clubs that hosted him.
Headed back to CLT, Chargers and Bills definitely made it a tough decision for me! I’ll go home and weigh the pros and cons with the Wife.🙏🏾
— Tre Boston (@TreBos10) May 9, 2017
As noted by Eric Williams of ESPN.com in a recent article, “…the Los Angeles Chargers did not address the safety position until Day 3, selecting Miami’s Rayshawn Jenkins in the fourth round and Iowa’s Desmond King in the fifth,” which gives the Bolts every reason to bring in Boston and attempt to sign him to Gus Bradley’s defense.
As it stands right now, the Bolts are slated to start Jahleel Addae and Dwight Lowery at the strong-safety and free-safety spots, respectively. They also have safeties Dexter McCoil, Darrell Stuckey, Adrian Phillips and Adrian McDonald on the roster.
Although the number of bodies at the position seems sufficient, it is lacking the quality depth you need at this level, especially in a pass-happy league where signal callers often are slinging the rock 30-plus times a game.
As mentioned above, the Chargers did select Jenkins from “The U” and project him to eventually be an in-the-box safety, his time to make an impact is not necessarily this year. King looks to be penciled in as No. 1 on the depth chart at nickel-corner, by my estimation when looking at the roster.
Adding Boston would indeed give the Chargers some much-needed depth and perhaps another playmaker in a secondary boasting the likes of Casey Hayward and Jason Verrett.
Drafted out of UNC in the fourth round of the 2014 Draft by the Panthers, the 24-year-old has amassed 108 total tackles, two sacks, 10 passes defensed and three interceptions — one of which he returned 84 yards for a touchdown as a rookie — in his three seasons in the NFL.