The free agent market is quickly dwindling, with Brian Dawkins, Jermaine Phillips, Will Allen, James Sanders, Renaldo Hill, Chris Crocker, Sean Considine and Jim Leonhard all agreeing to new deals. There is still some talent available -- Sean Jones and Josh Bullocks, in particular -- but the Chargers missed out on their best choice when Phillips re-signed with the Buccaneers.
Jones is the highest-rated player available, having tallied 263 tackles and 14 picks over the last three seasons. But, according to this article by Scout.com's Adam Caplan, the big-hitting Bullocks is a better value than any other safety on the market.
SS Chip Vaughn
Vaughn is a physical in-the-box safety with excellent toughness and impressive range. He posted 192 tackles and three interceptions during this final two seasons as a Demon Deacon, showing the kind of productivity the Chargers were missing in between the hashes last season.
Vaughn isn't the only safety the Chargers chatted with in Indianapolis. SDBoltReport.com correspondent Erin Murphy reported live from Indy in this article that the team also enjoyed formal meetings with Missouri safety William Moore and Notre Dame safety David Bruton.
No matter how the team addresses the safety position, changes must be made.
SS Clinton Hart is coming off a wildly disappointing campaign. One year after setting a career-high with five interceptions and parlaying that into a new five-year contract, Hart laid an egg with an pick-less year in 2008.
FS Eric Weddle was better, especially during the season half of the season, but he was still too inconsistent in his first year as a starter.
Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003.