Brandon Staley’s job is likely to be protected, however questions stay for Chargers

Day 2 of the Chargers’ offseason introduced nothing definitive on the standing of coach Brandon Staley, additional strengthening the notion he can be retained.

Staley and to a a lot lesser extent basic supervisor Tom Telesco confronted scrutiny all through a lot of the autumn earlier than the Chargers rallied to safe the AFC’s prime wild-card spot.

However a regular-season finale that included questionable choices by the group concerning enjoying time after which a 27-point meltdown Saturday in Jacksonville rekindled the skin chatter.

There even have been mounting questions on the way forward for offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, who completed his second season with the staff.

In 2021, the Chargers have been the AFC’s No. 1 passing offense and a top-five unit in factors and complete yards within the league.

After a stellar rookie 12 months, quarterback Justin Herbert continued to advance by being named to the Professional Bowl and setting quite a few franchise data.

However this season, the Chargers struggled working the ball and establishing consistency on offense as accidents made issues harder.

Because the Chargers proceed to type by the analysis of the 2022 season, the franchise is taking a look at a number of vital choices within the coming months.

There is no such thing as a greater matter than a attainable extension for Herbert. The Chargers’ dynamic quarterback is eligible for a second contract.

Any deal for Herbert doubtless would are available someplace round $50 million in annual common, with maybe $200 million or so in complete ensures.

The timing of any Herbert contract might be instantly tied to Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow, who additionally can be eligible for an extension this offseason.

Burrow was the No. 1 general choose within the 2020 draft; Herbert was taken 5 spots later.

A Burrow extension would clearly outline the parameters of a Herbert extension, which means the Chargers quarterback and his representatives is likely to be keen to attend.

Signing Herbert as quickly as attainable would appear to be probably the most advantageous method for the Chargers since his value isn’t going to go down with the passing of time.

One other necessary resolution awaits with vast receiver Keenan Allen, whose contract development makes him a candidate to be reduce.

Allen turns 31 in April and is coming off a season wherein he missed seven video games due to a hamstring damage.

However parting methods with Allen would imply having to switch a number of manufacturing, which the Chargers may attempt to do with Joshua Palmer and — presumably — a 2023 draft choose.

Some extent to recollect about Allen and his potential future worth is that he isn’t a receiver who depends on velocity, suggesting he may age higher than most on the place.

In the case of different attainable strikes to free salary-cap house, the Chargers may launch left guard Matt Feiler (and substitute him with Jamaree Salyer) or restructure the contract of edge rusher Joey Bosa.

Kicker Dustin Hopkins is also a reduce candidate, notably with the emergence of Cameron Dicker throughout his rookie season.

The Chargers’ unrestricted free brokers embrace: Drue Tranquill, Trey Pipkins III, Nasir Adderley, Kyle Van Noy, Bryce Callahan, Morgan Fox and DeAndre Carter.

Each of the quarterbacks behind Herbert — Chase Daniel and Easton Stick — are also set to be unrestricted free brokers, as are contributors Christian Covington, JK Scott and Troy Reeder.