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5 former Chargers who could renew careers in a new football league

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Steve Johnson #11 of the San Diego Chargers reacts to a play against the Chicago Bears at Qualcomm Stadium on November 9, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Steve Johnson #11 of the San Diego Chargers reacts to a play against the Chicago Bears at Qualcomm Stadium on November 9, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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SAN DIEGO, CA – NOVEMBER 09: Steve Johnson #11 of the San Diego Chargers reacts to a play against the Chicago Bears at Qualcomm Stadium on November 9, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA – NOVEMBER 09: Steve Johnson #11 of the San Diego Chargers reacts to a play against the Chicago Bears at Qualcomm Stadium on November 9, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Stevie Johnson

This one may be a bit of a stretch, as Stevie Johnson recently turned 31 years old. But to me, he’s a prime example of a guy who could still be playing as a professional if there were more options.

When he was a member of the Buffalo Bills, Johnson was among the more dangerous receivers in all of the league. He had a down year in San Francisco in 2014 but it seemed he would experience a career renaissance with the Chargers.

That didn’t happen, mainly because of injuries.

Fans were hoping to see him build on the 45-catch season he had with the Bolts in 2015, but that never happened. A season-ending injury suffered early during the preseason in 2016 cost him the entire season and last March, the Chargers decided it was no longer necessary to keep him around.

Johnson hasn’t played since the 2015 season and that injury in August 2016 is the last image he left on the league. Still, could he have something to offer a team in another league?

He possesses ideal size at 6’2″ and he always had the ability to get behind the defense and make big plays. He probably couldn’t do that in the NFL but in another league, he very well may. One thing to remember is that in either the AAF or XFL, players are expected to be just a little slower. After all, they’ve been deemed not good enough for the NFL, right?

Johnson deserves another chance to play the game, if he’s interested in doing that, of course.

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