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Antonio Johnson visited with Chargers

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The Chargers have lost three defensive linemen to free agency so far this offseason and they’re working to fill those holes in the depth chart.

Jarius Wynn signed earlier this week and Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that Antonio Johnson has visited with the team as well. Johnson started 13 games for the Colts last season, but Indy showed no interest in bringing him back for another year as they spent their money elsewhere in free agency in hopes of upgrading up front on defense.

The Chargers are set on the ends with Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes, but there’s no interior starter written in ink on their depth chart. Cam Thomas started three times for them last season, but he’s hardly a sure thing. Neither is Johnson, of course, but the Chargers would likely benefit from some spirited competition for the job this offseason.

Efforts to create that competition should include an addition or two during the draft. Liuget and Reyes are two of the rare young talents on the Chargers roster and adding more in the front seven would certainly help coach Mike McCoy’s effort to get the team pointed back in the right direction.

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4 Responses to “Antonio Johnson visited with Chargers”
  1. lanjoith says: Apr 5, 2013 2:17 PM

    The Chargers need an OT bad but I’m not sold on Lane Johnson. If Lotulelei falls to 11 they have to take him. Putting him in the middle of Reyes & Liuget would give the Bolts their best front 3 in years. Lotulelei is going to be the best player from this draft IMO.

  2. National Fanatic says: Apr 5, 2013 7:36 PM

    So you want Star Lotulelei in the first round? What about Terron Armstead in the second round?

    Or flip it… Lane Johnson in the first round, and Kawann Short in the second round?

    …that’s four big (and fast) dudes…

  3. bump55 says: Apr 6, 2013 1:45 AM

    If Lane Johnson is not there, pick Sheldon Richardson…now this dude is a real stud and fills a need.

  4. bvitton says: Apr 6, 2013 6:11 PM

    If lane johnson is not there at 11 then I think the Chargers should trade down. They have so many needs and the fact that there is a lot of talent in this draft means we need to take in as much as we can.

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