Chargers might shift Marcus Gilchrist to safety

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At one safety spot, the Chargers have perhaps their best defensive player in Eric Weddle.

At the other safety spot, they have a big question mark. Brandon Taylor, a third-round pick last year, is trying to come back from a torn ACL and the other safeties on the roster have barely seen the field on defense. One solution to that could come from the team’s cornerback corps.

Marcus Gilchrist has been spending some time at safety during the team’s voluntary workouts and Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the team plans to “take a long look” at Gilchrist as a safety over the rest of the offseason.

“Wherever I can help the team,” Gilchrist, who played some safety at Clemson, said. “If that means playing corner and helping the team, then that’s where I’ll be. If it means safety, that’s where I’ll be. Wherever the coaches feel I can help the team best.”

The Chargers aren’t terribly deep at corner, even after signing Derek Cox and drafting Steve Williams in the fifth round, so it’s not a move the Chargers can make lightly. Taylor’s health will likely play a role in where Gilchrist winds up taking the most snaps, but there’s little doubt that he’ll be seeing plenty of them in one spot or another.