Twitter Talk: Chargers Free Agency Roundup

The free-agent action has been so fast and furious it is difficult to keep up with. To help simplify things, we break down San Diego's first 15 free-agent signings using Twitter-style (140 characters or less) analysis.


Sign ILB Takeo Spikes to Three-Year Deal

Would've been better complement to Kevin Burnett than replacement. He'll anchor the run D' and mentor LBs Donald Butler and Jonas Mouton.

Sign SS Bob Sanders to One-Year Deal

If he can stay healthy, he and Eric Weddle will form an elite safety tandem. His ability to shoot gaps and bring the wood is electric.

Sign OLB Travis LaBoy to Two-Year Deal

He is familiar with Greg Manusky and averages about five sacks per season. He is a nice rotation player, albeit with limited upside.


Re-Sign WR Vincent Jackson to One-Year Deal

Having Jackson for a full season will boost downfield passing. He'll help the run game, too; he's one of the best blockers at his position.

Re-Sign FS Eric Weddle to Five-Year Deal

This was San Diego's most important deal. He brings continuity, leadership and playmaking ability. Overpaying him was the right move.

Re-Sign OT Jeromey Clary to Five-Year Deal

A lightning rod for criticism, Clary has improved every year and earned every penny of his new deal. A physical, blue-collar blocker.

Re-Sign QB Billy Volek to Two-Year Deal

If Philip Rivers goes down for a long stretch, the Chargers are done. But as far as emergency fill-ins go, Volek is one of the best.

Re-Sign OLB Antwan Barnes to Two-Year Deal

Barnes and LaBoy round out a thin outside linebacker corps. Barnes is a pure pass-rushing specialist but is good at his craft.

Re-Sign DE Jacques Cesaire to Two-Year Deal

A steady contributor and great clubhouse presence, Cesaire's return is big on a line featuring Corey Liuget, Vaughn Martin and Cam Thomas.

Re-Sign CB Dante Hughes to Two-Year Deal

He shined as the nickel back last year. He offers insurance in case Marcus Gilchrist and Shareece Wright aren't ready from the get-go.

Re-Sign WR Kelley Washington to One-Year Deal

Primary a special-teams player, Washington also provides receiving depth and could push youngsters Seyi Ajirotutu and Vincent Brown.

Re-Sign TE Randy McMichael to One-Year Deal

With Antonio Gates' foot problems, another veteran tight end was needed. McMichael has proven he can get it done when his number's called.

Re-Sign OL Scott Mruczkowski to One-Year Deal

The most underrated of all San Diego's deals. Mruczkowski'a versatility and grit make him an essential member of the offensive line.


Re-Sign RB Mike Tolbert to One-Year Deal

Tolbert will soon be locked up with a longer, more lucrative deal. In the mean time, the Chargers couldn't let this powerful runner flee.

Re-Sign OT Brandyn Dombrowski to One-Year Deal

San Diego's entire offensive line returns intact. Dobrowski can play on both sides of the line and is still an ascending player.

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Michael Lombardo is a long-time contributor to the network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 16 years and covered the team since 2003. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.

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