7. OL Trai Turner
Already we have two Chargers on the list. Of course, Trai Turner was only a Charger for a single year. He was traded to the team in exchange for Russell Okung, but Turner’s lone year in Los Angeles didn’t quite go as planned.
Turner played in a career-low nine games for the Chargers last year, and he was banged up for a majority of the season. As a result, his on-field play suffered a bit and that’s what prompted his release by the Chargers.
Well, that and the fact that they saved $11.5 million in cap space by parting with Turner.
That said, Turner is still just 27 years old and he made five consecutive Pro Bowls before his down 2020 campaign. Furthermore, he played for Rivera with the Carolina Panthers when he made all those Pro Bowls. So, he has connections in D.C.
Washington doesn’t necessarily need to add to their offensive line in free agency, but Turner would be the perfect signing to make if they do. He has experience in Scott Turner’s system and could potentially take the left guard job from Wes Schweitzer if he can stay healthy. Schweitzer was good last year as a starter, but having him around as a versatile backup would be even better for Washington’s depth.
With the Washington Football Team still needing to extend the now-franchise-tagged Brandon Scherff, they probably won’t make any major moves on the offensive line. Turner is a nice compromise between adding a potential star and grabbing a value player on a prove-it deal. He should be considered as a potential signing, but if the team eschews the O-Line in free agency and pursues youth and upside in the draft, that wouldn’t be surprising either.