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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Offseason Blueprint: Chargers

By Eric D. Williams

A key part of the San Diego Chargers' offseason blueprint already has been accomplished, with general manager Tom Telesco reaching a multiyear deal with inside linebacker Donald Butler, keeping the University of Washington product the focal point of the team’s defense for the foreseeable future.

However, after winning a playoff game last season, the Chargers have to improve the speed, depth and overall talent on both sides of the ball in order to reach the playoffs for a second straight season under head coach Mike McCoy.

In this ESPN Insider piece Insider, our NFL insiders detail the pieces of the puzzle the Chargers need to pull together in order to accomplish that goal, including potential moves San Diego could make through the draft and free agency, along with developing the talent currently on the roster.

To that end, the Chargers need to see steady growth from up-and-coming talent on the roster, including edge rushers Larry English and Melvin Ingram, along with speedy tight end Ladarius Green and hard-hitting safety Jahleel Addae.