Sebastian Janikowski, the Raiders' all-time leader in scoring, is scheduled to visit the Hoag Performance Center on Thursday. Chargers' brass will test the 40-year-old kicker's leg and put him through a physical exam, with a possibility of signing him to a new deal.
Five different players attempted field goals for the Chargers last season. The Bolts finished last in the league with a field-goal percentage of 67 percent in 2017. For a team that expects to make a deep playoff run in 2018, the Chargers have to solidify the kicking position.
Janikowski would benefit from staying on the West Coast and some familiarity with AFC West stadiums. Released by the Raiders in February, Janikowski has made a NFL-record 55 field goals of 50-or-more yards.
However, Janikowski did not play last season, spending all of 2017 on the injured reserve with back issue, so health is a concern.
News of Janikowski's visit capped a quiet opening day of free agency for the Chargers. The team signed one free agent not on the team last year, agreeing to terms with former Denver Broncos blocking tight end Virgil Green on a three-year deal.
Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said he wants to improve his team's running game and get more physical up front, and Green should help do that. He also joins former Broncos' teammates in tackles Russell Okung and Michael Schofield.
The Chargers retained the services of Schofield by signing the unrestricted free agent to a two-year deal.
The Bolts also kept versatile safety Adrian Phillips, signing the restricted free agent to a one-year deal.
An undrafted rookie by the Chargers in 2014, Phillips had his best season as a pro last year playing a hybrid linebacker role when the Bolts used six defensive backs.
Phillips finished with 63 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble in 15 games played.
"He's a good football player," Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said about Phillips. "He's a jack of all trades -- maybe a master of none -- but he can play a lot of different positions. And he can help his teammates."
The Chargers also extended tenders to restricted free agents receivers Tyrell Williams and defensive end Chris McCain. The Chargers placed a second-round tender on Williams and a right of first refusal on McCain.
And earlier this week, the Chargers inked Pro Bowl cornerback Casey Hayward to a three-year, $36 million contract extension that includes $20 million in guaranteed money, keeping the Vanderbilt product in the fold through the 2021 season.