Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/11/13
It’s no secret that the San Diego Chargers are heading into a new era under the helm of first-year general manager Tom Telesco and head coach Mike McCoy.The free agency period in the NFL will begin at 12:01 AM on March 12th, and the question in San Diego is will the Chargers make a big splash in the marketplace?The new GM’s blueprint for success is building through the Draft, but he has a star quarterback that needs immediate reinforcements on both sides of the ball.Here are five free agents the San Diego Chargers should target on Tuesday:Miami Dolphins OT Jake LongThe Chargers desperately need to keep quarterback Philip Rivers upright all season, so they must acquire offensive line help this offseason.Offensive tackle Jake Long is one of the biggest names in free agency, and in the prime of his career. Long should warrant a huge contract, but he didn’t play well last season due to injury. The Chargers are looking for veteran leadership to help guide an inexperienced offensive line next season.Buffalo Bills OG Andy LevitreChances are pretty high that guard Louis Vasquez will leave San Diego via free agency. An excellent replacement option is offensive guard Adam Levitre, whose price range could be cap-friendly for the Chargers.He’s an outstanding run blocker that will help to upgrade San Diego’s poor rushing attack from last season. Plus, Levitre is a terrific pass blocker, and this will make life easier in the pocket for Rivers next year.Arizona Cardinals WR Early DoucetAn excellent option for the beleaguered Chargers' passing game is Early Doucet, who could fit perfectly in the offense as a third-down receiver. He has played under new offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt during their time together in Arizona.Unfortunately, Doucet has been plagued by nagging injuries and inconsistencies catching the football all throughout his career. But when healthy, Doucet provides a combination of speed and agility that creates space downfield on key passing downs.Indianapolis Colts CB Jerraud PowersThe Chargers need to make a huge upgrade at the cornerback position, and signing Jerraud Powers will give them quality for many years to come. Charger fans will love that he’s one of the few corners in the NFL that can effectively make a tackle on a running play.The Chargers might be catching a break that Powers is coming off an injury (he had surgery to repair a ligament in his right toe) and could be signed at a discount rate. He might feel this opportunity gives him a new lease on his football life with a familiar face in Telesco, who drafted him in Indianapolis.New York Giants RB Ahmad BradshawThe Chargers are in the market to find a complement running back to Ryan Mathews in free agency. The signing of running back Ahmad Bradshaw could give them the type of grit and finesse needed for a successful backfield tandem in the NFL.The biggest issue with Bradshaw is health, but he has excelled in the past in this type of rushing attack with the New York Giants.Also, Bradshaw has shown to be a valuable receiver coming out of the backfield thus giving another option for Rivers in the passing game. But, the biggest question is how much does he have left in the tank to be an effective back next season. That answer won’t be known until training camp.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
The first time John Randle talked trash in the NFL
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Romo has no ligament damage, to resume training soon

Eagles rookie to join Kaepernick in protesting national anthem

Michael Phelps to be honored with unique Wheaties box

Woman suing Brewers after being struck by foul ball

Report: ‘Strong chance’ J.J. Watt will play in Week 1

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Broncos name Trevor Siemian their Week 1 starter

Report: Jets fielding calls for Geno Smith

Report: Bryan Stork fails physical, rights revert to Pats

Eric Berry signs franchise tender, returns to Chiefs

Brandon Jennings takes swipe at Reggie Miller's career

Report: Kaepernick facing ‘uphill battle’ to make roster

WATCH: John Randle on the first time he talked trash in the NFL

The hottest hitters in MLB heading into September sprint

Who has the most to prove at the US Open?

A sports history of not standing up for the national anthem

Heading into the homestretch: 2016 ROY favorites

Six NFL quarterbacks the Cowboys must consider

Dwight Howard trying new way to improve free throw shooting

Eight players who have stepped up in NFL preseason so far

Premier League notebook: The love affair at Man U

One Gotta Go: NFL legends talking comedians is no joke

It's all about timing: The evolution of the clock in sports

Predicting the unpredictable: Your MTV VMAs rundown

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: John Randle on the first time he talked trash in the NFL

The hottest hitters in MLB heading into September sprint

Who has the most to prove at the US Open?

A sports history of not standing up for the national anthem

Premier League notebook: The love affair at Man U

Heading into the homestretch: 2016 ROY favorites

One Gotta Go: NFL legends talking comedians is no joke

It's all about timing: The evolution of the clock in sports

Predicting the unpredictable: Your MTV VMAs rundown

10 great moments in the career of Roberto Duran

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker