Morning links: Offseason grades


Good morning. In this ESPN Insider piece, NFL Insiders Bill Polian, Louis Riddick, Mike Sando, Field Yates and Matt Williamson grade the offseason for all 32 NFL teams.

The San Diego Chargers received an overall C grade for the moves the team made in free agency and the draft.

Polian, who served as Chargers general manager Tom Telesco’s mentor in Carolina and Indianapolis, gave San Diego the highest grade with a solid B, while Williamson gave the Chargers the lowest grade of a C-minus.

Sando anonymously asked a general manager from another team to grade San Diego’s offseason moves, and he also gave the Chargers a C-minus.

“The corner they drafted [Jason Verrett] is coming off a major labral issue and might not play until a few weeks into the regular season,” the GM said. “Plus, he’s 5-foot-9. Donald Brown is average, and then they took a major step backward with [Ken] Whisenhunt leaving. McCoy will have to step back into the offensive planning. This team also has some age outside on defense with Dwight Freeney.”

Riddick was a little more gracious in his evaluation.

“Last year, I thought they were going to get killed and their offensive line was not NFL-worthy,” Riddick said, “but that team is much stronger than you give it credit for. I like the drafting of Jason Verrett even though I do have some injury concerns. I like what they saw in Jeremiah Attaochu. I think their first three picks will wind up starting. They did nothing spectacular, but they were solid. I believe in Tom Telesco and I like the program they have going.”

The Chargers officially announced the signing of running back Branden Oliver. San Diego also waived/injured receiver Tobais Palmer and cut offensive tackle Ian White.

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego reports the Chargers will add offensive lineman Craig Watts, a 6-foot-4, 334-pound offensive guard out of West Texas A&M who participated in last week’s rookie minicamp as a tryout player. The Chargers now have a full 90-man roster.

Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that former San Diego running back Ronnie Brown worked out for the New England Patriots.

Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated ranks the Chargers No. 15 in his post-draft NFL power rankings.

According to Scott Kacsmar of Football Outsiders, the Chargers had the 18th oldest roster in 2013. One of Telesco’s goals is to add younger talent on both sides of the ball.