In a North County Times article focusing on Chargers G Kris Dielman‘s career, Scott Bair mentions that the Chargers have a great deal of confidence in G Tyronne Green, who has thus far in his career been primarily a back-up.
Even before news of Dielman’s retirement, it was made clear that offensive line was the main area of focus during this year’s offseason. Now, with Dielman retiring in his prime (though for good reason – no one can fault his concern of a future serious injury after his frightening concussion and seizure last year), the Chargers have yet another question mark up front.
With Dielman retiring, tackles Marcus McNeill and Jared Gaither possibly departing (via release and free agency, respectively), center Nick Hardwick not yet tied down, and Jeromey Clary still in need of an upgrade, the Chargers could start the season with Green at LG, mirroring Louis Vasquez at RG.
This year’s free agent tackle pool looks more like a puddle, but there are many strong options at guard. This may mean that locking up their LT will be the top priority before addressing their situation at guard.