In an interview with the team’s website, San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos said he believes the offensive line is the team’s biggest area that needs to be addressed in the offseason.
“I think the offensive line would probably be my first concern right now,” Spanos told the site. “The left side of the line with and coming off major injuries, that would be my first concern. And secondly, I really think we need to go look at a potentially big-time pass-rusher/outside linebacker.”
Kris Dielman reportedly wants to return and the Chargers will surely want to keep him. Marcus McNeill will reportedly be released next month. Retaining his replacement, free agent Jared Gaither, may be a priority.
I found it interesting that Spanos mentioned the term “big-time” when talking about pass-rushers. That means he may recognize the team needs to go out and spend in free agency. “Big-time" players don’t come cheaply. Among the best pass-rushers potentially who may be available in free agency are be Mario Williams, Cliff Avril and Robert Mathis.
In other AFC West news:
Former Oakland cornerback Stanford Routt stayed a second day in Kansas City during his visit. It could be significant or it could just be part of the itinerary. Either way, it's clear Kansas City is considering signing Routt and letting Brandon Carr leave as a free agent.
Tampa Bay just cut defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. I do not see him being a priority signing for any team in the division. He has been on four teams in the past four seasons and he played on two teams last season. A lack of production on the field and off-field concerns make him an unattractive option.