Chargers Unrestricted Free Agent: Keith Lyle

Free safety Keith Lyle was signed as veteran insurance on Sept. 3, 2002. Now he again sees unrestricted status and the staff of Chargers Update takes a look at the possibility of Lyle returning to the Chargers for the 2003 season.

Tom Criswell's Take:

Keith Lyle came on strong when giving the chance to start and had two interceptions in last few games he started. The only problem with Lyle is he is not suited for the cover-2. He does however play his heart out (as anyone can tell when he is on the field). The Chargers should resign him because he is a leader and not only shows with his talk, but with his actions on how to get the job done, plus he has a good on field relationship with Rodney Harrison and they seemed to click when they were on the field together.

The Chargers will not resign Lyle though, they are looking for youth and speed at the FS position, someone who can cover the field and receivers in the Cover-2 Defensive scheme, Lyle is more suited for the aggressive type schemes that he played when he was with the Rams, he would be good to have for another year as back up but not as the starter.

Lyle has a 25 percent chance of re-signing with the Chargers.

Dr. J's Take:

If the Chargers cut Rodney Harrison, then they will need some veteran leadership in the secondary, which Lyle could provide. But he's better off in a standard 4-3 defense rather than the Cover-2 that the Chargers want to run if he's going to stay at FS. But with the few options at safety out there, I wouldn't be surprised if Lyle makes to move to SS should Harrison get cut. He's aggressive enough to play SS and is willing to hit, but might be too old for the Charger staff's taste.

50% chance of re-signing.

Denis Savage's Take:

Any guy who has had five 100+ tackle seasons and can be had relatively cheap is a keeper in my book. He may have lost a step but is a solid injury replacement and backup at the free safety spot. He is not well suited for the defense the Chargers will deploy, but who is these days? Seems everyone is too slow or does not pass defend well enough. Lyle did however have back to back nine interception seasons in the late 90's, and well, he still has a nose for the ball.

One thing to remember is Lyle was also with Washington while Marty Schottenheimer was the coach and Marty is known to be fiercely loyal to a fault with players he likes. At age 30, Lyle still has something to offer and I see him re-signing.

65% chance to return.

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