Should Chargers consider trading WR Dontrelle Inman?
By Matt Pagels
The Los Angeles Chargers are very deep at receiver. Should the Bolts consider trading one of their wideouts in exchange for another player to upgrade the roster?
Chargers wide receiver Dontrelle Inman made a name for himself last season. He stepped up to the plate when both Keenan Allen and Stevie Johnson missed a whole lot of time due to injuries.
Inman started all 16 games and finished the year with 58 receptions for 810 yards and four touchdowns, all of which were career highs. He was one of quarterback Philip Rivers’ favorite targets, finishing second only to Tyrell Williams in targets.
The former CFL standout developed into a nice NFL player. He signed his one-year, $2.746 million tender in the offseason to remain with the Chargers.
Even with the likes of Inman, Allen, Williams and Travis Benjamin (who signed a four-year deal with the team last offseason and will have this season to prove his worth) on the roster, the Chargers decided to add another playmaker, drafting Clemson’s Mike Williams with the No. 7 overall pick.
With a healthy Allen, an emerging star in T. Williams and the selection of M. Williams, Inman will likely see a drop in playing time in 2017. To make things worse for the 28-year-old, he recently underwent surgery to repair a torn core muscle and will be out six weeks.
Overall, the Chargers have a young, talented and deep roster. There are two positions they could add depth to, though, and that’s at running back and defensive end. If the Chargers were to trade Inman for a quality backup to Melvin Gordon or find a pass-rushing lineman for Gus Bradley, it would make sense to try and make a trade, especially if the Chargers believe they have found another gem in undrafted free agent Artavis Scott, M. Williams’ teammate at Clemson.
Having Inman around isn’t a bad thing because of how banged up the receiving corps has been over the years. But the idea of getting another player in return for a player who might not see the field as much should be passed around.