The Chargers are likely not going to make a trade during the trade deadline, but it is fun to speculate on some players that the Chargers could pursue at the traded deadline. We have holes on the roster and really could be a threat if we could add another playmaker on our roster.
Trades are tough to make due to the salary cap and the compensation that other teams want, but here are some players that I would love the team to consider at the deadline.
Jairus Byrd. Buffalo Bills.
The Chargers secondary has had some troubles this season. Teams already avoid throwing in the direction of Eric Weddle, but if we add a player like Byrd on the roster, then the ball will be thrown in one of their directions. They both get after the football and we could see a few more turnovers in our future. The likeliness of pulling this deal off with the Bills is not good. We just don’t have a ton of salary cap room and we would have to work a long-term deal with Byrd in order for the deal to be worth it.
I would love to list players like Jared Allen and such on this list, but there is no chance of us getting into that type of trade. As unlikely as a trade for Byrd is, getting a player like Allen and his contract is just impossible. The last two players on the list, the Chargers could actually make happen. The moves wouldn’t blow anything away, but it would bring in some depth onto the roster at positions that need some love.
Shea McClellin. Chicago Bears.
McClellin has not produced with the Bears and their defense. He came into the league as a highly regarded prospect that had a motor that did not stop and he could get after the quarterback. In his 1 1/2 seasons in the league, he has only been able to rack up 3 sacks and he is falling out of favor with the new coaching staff in town. He was drafted with the 19th overall pick out of Boise St., but he could likely be taken off of their hands for a much later draft pick. He still is young and still has potential. He could be used as a pass rusher off of the edge in the nickel defense. The team could also try to mold him into an outside linebacker, but it could take some time.
Nnamdi Asomugha. San Francisco 49ers.
We can pick up Nnamdi for cheap. The 49ers are close to dropping him off of the roster to make room for Eric Wright. Nnamdi has not been playing terrible, but he is on a one-year deal and he is getting older. The 49ers might as well go with the younger Wright and see if he can help out in the future. Nnamdi is a solid corner and can help out twith the depth in the secondary.