The Chargers can cope with a lack of depth at cornerback better than most teams because they have several versatile safeties who can fill out the sub packages and provide snaps at cornerback in a pinch. Nonetheless, the team would feel a lot better with a veteran insurance policy in tow.
Here's a look at three players who could help:
CB Jason Webster
Wesbter has played in 90 games during his nine-year career, compiling 341 tackles and 11 interceptions. His frame is smaller than the Chargers prefer (5-foot-9, 187 pounds), but his ability to maintain tight coverage and contribute against the run should be enough to get him a look.
Michael Lehan -- A veteran of six NFL seasons, Lehan has spent time with the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints. He has the size the Chargers like in their defensive backs (6-foot, 200 pound) and a knack for making big plays when healthy.
Lehan's career totals include 138 tackles, 12 pass breakups and an interception. He is experienced in the 3-4 defense from his days with the Browns and is well versed in all aspects of special teams. Also, at 29 years old, he still has room to improve under the guidance of mentors like Steven Wilks and Cris Dishman.
Fakhir Brown -- Brown, a 31-year-old corner who played with the Chargers in 1999 and 2000, started 37 games over the last three seasons with the St. Louis Rams. For his career, he has 300 tackles, 59 pass breakups and 11 interceptions.
Although past his prime and no longer a starting candidate, Brown has the skills to be a better-than-average No. 4 cornerback. And as an added bonus, he could serve as a mentor to the team's younger DBs, be they on the active roster or the practice squad.
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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.