Wyms is a nine-year veteran who has spent his career as a swing man in a 4-3 defenses. However, he has the size (6-foot-3, 290 pounds) and versatility to play end in San Diego's 3-4 alignment. That would give the Chargers a more experienced player to assume Igor Olshansky's spot in the rotation, at least until fourth-round pick Vaughn Martin can get up to speed.
Wyms is a productive and technically-sound defender who gives maximum effort on every snap. He has played in at least 13 games in six of the last seven seasons, including eight starts for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2006. He spent last year with the Minnesota Vikings, where he posted 2.5 sacks in limited duty -- that's more sacks than anyone on the Chargers' defensive line posted in 2008.
2. CB Rod Hood, Arizona Cardinals
|CB Rod Hood |
Hood spent the first four years of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles and the last two with the Arizona Cardinals, meaning he already has experience in four conference championship games. His knack for big plays was one of the factors in Arizona's resurgence; he started 30 games for the Cardinals, intercepting six passes and bringing two back for scores. Hood was supplanted by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the first cousin of Antonio Cromartie.
3. WR Tab Perry, Miami Dolphins
The Chargers seem set in the short-term at wide receiver, but that may change if Kassim Osgood is traded or released. The Chargers spent a seventh-round pick on LSU WR Demetrius Byrd, but he is a question mark because of injuries endured in a serious car accident the week before the NFL Draft.
Perry (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) could be an ideal backup receiver for the Chargers. He has excellent size, a smattering of experience and the ability to contribute on special teams. Perry, who was a solid contributor for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2005 to 2007, signed a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins last offseason but missed the season after tearing his Achilles tendon. A one-year deal with the Chargers would allow Perry to reestablish himself in the NFL.
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.