With one of the game’s most exciting young quarterbacks, the Chargers were a disappointment in finishing the season at 9-8 to miss the playoffs.
But Los Angeles’ championship window should be open. Justin Herbert isn’t even eligible for a contract extension until after the 2022 season. And the Chargers have upwards of $56 million in cap space to spend.
With that in mind, General Manager Tom Telesco said on Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine that he plans to use those resources to put the team in the best position possible for a championship.
“We try to be aggressive every year, just depends on what our resources are and what our circumstances are for at that point,” Telesco said, via Gilbert Manzano of the Southern California News Group. “You just have to attack in different ways. This year, we can attack a little bit differently because we do have a lot of cap space and we do have a quarterback on a rookie deal. But you know, the goal every year is the same. The goal is to challenge and to compete for a championship.
“But your circumstances change as far as cap space, as far as where your roster is, where your quarterback is, do you have a quarterback? Do you not? It’s just different, but doesn’t change our goal to go into a championship.”
The Chargers have gone 69-76 with a pair of postseason appearances in Telesco’s nine seasons as G.M.