Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Polian's top free agents: Fits for the Bolts
By Eric D. Williams
ESPN NFL Insider Bill Polian released his top unrestricted free agents for 2014 in this ESPN Insider piece . And there are a couple players who could be potential fits the San Diego Chargers.
The Chargers could use a hard-running tailback to complement Ryan Mathews. Indianapolis Colts pending free agent Donald Brown could be a good fit for San Diego.
Brown, 26, finished with 537 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. Even with the Colts making a midseason trade with Cleveland for Trent Richardson, Brown was the more effective back.
Brown also is a good fit for San Diego’s zone running scheme, with his one-cut, downhill running style.
Here’s what Polian had to say about Brown: “Brown has started 19 games over the past four seasons. Coming off the best season of his career, it could be argued that Brown is a No. 1 back. He has solid speed, and his power running has gotten better. Brown also has every-down capabilities.”
Another potential fit for the Chargers is Golden Tate of the Seattle Seahawks. Tate, 25, finished with 64 catches for 898 yards and five touchdowns.
The Notre Dame product would give Philip Rivers another playmaker. Tate’s ultra-competitive, with good hands and the ability to make plays after the catch. Tate also could help San Diego in the return game. He would be a good complement to Keenan Allen at receiver.
Here’s what Polian had to say about Tate: “Tate is a little on the small side, he is a little tight out of breaks and I'm not sure they're sold on him in Seattle. Why would they bring in Percy Harvin if they were sold on Tate? I like him a lot, though. The B-plus grade means he can contribute. He is not a Pro Bowler and you're not going to break the bank on him, but he is young and has the right qualities to succeed. He just lacks big size and speed.”