By Eric Schmidt

The NFL free agency period opens this afternoon at 4pm EST, but don’t expect the San Diego Chargers to be major players, chasing big name stars which become available today. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Chargers are more likely to try to lock up some of their own players and perhaps sign some of the second or third tier free agents which will become available.

San Diego’s roster could be altered significantly in this season’s free agency with the team possibly losing WR Vincent Jackson and RB Mike Tolbert among others. The paper reports that the Chargers are currently $14.9 million dollars under the salary cap but the team expects to clear even more cap room with the expected release of OL Marcus McNeill later in the week.

The Chargers general manager A.J. Smith has a figure in mind in order to try to retain Jackson and Tolbert, telling reporters that, “The ball is squarely in their court,” when it comes to those players testing the free agent market or re-signing with San Diego.

Several reports suggested that the Chargers might have a desire to target Houston Texans DE Mario Williams in free agency, but according to this report from the Union-Tribune, it’s likely that San Diego will move on in another direction, frustrating their fan base for yet another season.






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