Jared Cook replacement: Chargers sign Gerald Everett


The Chargers reached an agreement Sunday with tight end Gerald Everett, his representatives, SportsTrust Advisorannounced.

A second-round pick by the Rams in 2017, Everett spent four seasons with the team before signing with Seattle a year ago.

He had career bests in receptions (48), yards (478), and touchdown catches (four) in 2021.

According to NFL Network, his contract is for two years and $12 million with $8 million guaranteed.

Everett will effectively replace veteran Jared Cook, a 2021 free-agent signee who spent a season with the Chargers. The team’s other tight ends include Donald Parham Jr. and Tre’ McKitty.

Free agent Stephen Anderson remains on the market. Anderson has been with the Chargers for the past three seasons and has proven to be a versatile player on offense and a contributor for special teams.

Along with Everett, the Chargers added cornerback JC Jackson, defensive tackles Sebastian Joseph-Day and Austin Johnson, and long snapper Josh Harris in free agency. They also traded for edge rusher Khalil Mack.

Among the free agents they lost are edge rusher Uchenna Nwosu (Seattle), defensive tackle Justin Jones (Chicago), and reserve offensive lineman Scott Quessenberry (Houston).

The Chargers will continue to explore options to strengthen both sides of the line of scrimmage heading into the NFL draft next month. They also have two vacancies on special teams – Punter and Kick Returner.

One area the team hasn’t addressed is the right side of the offensive line, where veterans Bryan Bulaga and Oday Aboushi sustained late-season injuries last year.

Storm Norton and Michael Schofield III started on tackle and guard, respectively, for most of the season.

Bulaga was released last week. Aboushi, now a free agent, remains an option on a new contract.

One option for the Chargers in 2022 is to move Matt Feiler from left guard to right tackle. He played right tackle for Pittsburgh in 2018 and 2019 before spending the last two years as a left guard.

With Rashawn Slater firmly established at left tackle after a Pro Bowl rookie year, the Chargers may feel more comfortable moving Feiler to the other side.

In this scenario, Norton could slip into the swing tackle role.

Trey Pipkins III, a third-round pick in 2019, and Brenden Jaimes, a fifth-round pick last year, also remain in the mix.

The Chargers could then attempt to recruit a guard. Jared Cook replacement: Chargers sign Gerald Everett

Andrew Schnitker

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