At 4-3, the Chargers are in the hunt for a playoff spot as they close in on the midway point in the season.  The Bolts are currently tied with the Jets at 4-3 with perennial playoff teams like Pittsburgh and Baltimore struggling this year.  The question now comes, do the Chargers look to make a move or two to bolster their team and make a run at the playoffs?  The problem with that consideration, of course, comes down to cost and what they can get.

Team Needs

Secondary – Let’s face it, Wright and Cox haven’t been great.  The offense and it’s tremendous execution on long drives has saved this team.  That being said, Gilchrist isn’t the long term solution and Wright is starting after missing time last year.  I honestly think a lot of our problems could be solved with either Taylor coming back or signing a guy like Kerry Rhodes which would move Gilchrist back to corner.

OLB – With the bye coming at a good time to get guys like Jarret Johnson rested up and with what seems like more momentum surrounding a Melvin Ingram return, this group could get a real shot in the arm.  This can also help with the deficiencies of the secondary.

Wide Receiver – Sure, Keenan Allen is playing lights out and the offense is clicking on all cylinders.  But let’s say you could add a guy like Vincent Jackson into the mix if the Bucs become sellers and the price is right.  The familiarity with Rivers would be less of a headache than say a new receiver that had no connection to the team.  This would also be a big statement by McCoy and Telesco to say AJ had it wrong.

Offensive line – This one is pretty obvious.  We already saw one trade yesterday for a Left Tackle between the Ravens and Dolphins. With King Dunlap going down with another concussion and the backups behind the backups also going down, this group needs bodies. Fluker filled in admirably at Left Tackle and that could be something they experiment with given Clary’s history at Right Tackle. Point being, they need some interior lineman.  The bye week may help, and I expect Telesco to scour practice squads and free agents to fill the needs here.  Teams don’t trade away good lineman very often.

The bottom line is the Chargers have some holes to fill.  The downside is that the Chargers could lose draft picks as a result, and this team needs to build through the draft.  If the price is right, however, they could look to fill some needs in some of these key areas.

Write your thoughts in the comments below on whether or not you think the Chargers should pursue a trade.

Thanks for reading,

Justin Holmerud

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