4 moves for Chargers to consider before trade deadline

By Travis Wakeman
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 26: Landon Collins #21 of the New York Giants heads for the endzone and scores a touchdown in the first quarter against the New York Jets during a preseason game on August 26, 2017 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 26: Landon Collins #21 of the New York Giants heads for the endzone and scores a touchdown in the first quarter against the New York Jets during a preseason game on August 26, 2017 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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SAN DIEGO, CA – NOVEMBER 22: Antonio Gates #85 of the San Diego Chargers enters the stadium before a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium on November 22, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA – NOVEMBER 22: Antonio Gates #85 of the San Diego Chargers enters the stadium before a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium on November 22, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

Acquire another tight end

It’s admirable that the Chargers have tried to get through this season with the tight ends on the roster (I guess) but 21 catches in seven games just isn’t going to get it done. Virgil Green is a blocker and Antonio Gates is just…. old.

Maxx Williams of the Baltimore Ravens is a name I have mentioned before and though the Ravens are well within a chance to get into the playoffs this year, they also have four tight ends on their roster.

Two of those guys were drafted early this year (Hayden Hurst, Nark Andrews) and they are players the organization likes and both guys will continue to get many opportunities with the team. Williams, on the other hand, Williams has been on the field for just 42 percent of the Ravens’ offensive snaps and has caught 14 passes on the season.

The Ravens don’t need him and if they could get something reasonable in return, they might just move him. He is in the last year of his contract and there’s a chance the Ravens won’t bring him back next season anyway.

The Chargers shouldn’t offer anything more than a fifth-round pick to obtain the tight end, but acquiring another weapon to stretch the field for Philip Rivers could make a huge difference.

Williams is an athletic tight end who can get down the field and make, similar to what Hunter Henry brings to the team. This is an option well worth looking into and the Chargers should at the very least gauge the interest level in Baltimore.

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