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Why PFF Gave the Bolts a High Grade for Offseason Moves

Buzz 05.22.24

It's been an offseason of change for the Chargers on all fronts.

Perhaps no move was bigger than the addition of Head Coach Jim Harbaugh, who just began his first OTAs in the powder blue.

The hire of new General Manager Joe Hortiz also made a splash as the Bolts put together a spectacular 2024 draft class.

But along the way there's also been the ability to keep players with the likes of Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa while adding more players in free agency and the draft.

And Trevor Sikkema of Pro Football Focus believes the Bolts put together an all-around great offseason spearheaded by the hiring of Harbaugh.

The Chargers were one of nine teams that earned at least an ‘A-’ grade for their offseason, as the PFF draft analyst was a big fan of how the team was able to maneuver different moves in recent months.

Sikkema wrote:

I am taking into account Los Angeles landing Jim Harbaugh, who I believe was the best head coach option this offseason. But there is no denying the Chargers lost some talent, including Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Austin Ekeler and Eric Kendricks.

The team was able to retain both Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack, which was not a certainty entering the offseason. I also loved the Chargers' draft of Joe Alt, Ladd McConkey and Junior Colson — all future starters, in my opinion.

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The Bolts have been able to fill key roster spots with free agents such as running back Gus Edwards, center Bradley Bozeman, cornerback Kristian Fulton, wide receiver DJ Chark, Jr., and others.

They've also been given high praise for their draft class, with some pundits even predicting they will make the biggest impact as rookies in the league.

But Hortiz has stated that team building is a year-round endeavor as evidence by free agent signings before and after the draft.

It's an approach that should serve the Bolts well in the months to come.

"You do it through free agency. You do it pre-draft, post-draft in free agency," Hortiz said about roster building in his introductory press conference. "You do those summer signings, the cap casualties. Things to do to protect comp picks and then, really, just churn the bottom of the roster. Always looking to get better. Always looking to improve every week."

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