Chargers Free Agency

5 Los Angeles Chargers who won’t be with the team in 2019

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 11: Cornerback Jason Verrett #22 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates with teammate Jahleel Addae #37 after a second half interception against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter G Aiken/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 11: Cornerback Jason Verrett #22 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates with teammate Jahleel Addae #37 after a second half interception against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter G Aiken/Getty Images) /
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SANTA CLARA, CA – AUGUST 24: Cornerback Jason Verrett #22 of the San Diego Chargers looks on during the preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers on August 24, 2014, in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA – AUGUST 24: Cornerback Jason Verrett #22 of the San Diego Chargers looks on during the preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers on August 24, 2014, in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

Jason Verrett

It’s a shame to see Jason Verrett on this list. The former first-round pick and 2015 Pro-Bowl selection has always had the talent to be one of the best corners in the NFL. But as the old saying goes, the best ability is availability.

Of all of Verrett’s career stats, this one is the one that means the most: Out of a possible 80 regular season games, he has played in 25. He has been available just 31.25 percent of the time.

That is about all you need to know as the Chargers have also proven they can win without him. Casey Hayward, Desmond King and Trevor Williams are all capable players and the Chargers could add more depth at the position in the draft rather than continue to invest in one of the more injury-prone players in team history.

Because of his injury history and the fact that he has played in just one game over the course of the last two seasons, Verrett will be lucky to get anything more than a one-year “prove it” deal from any team in the league, including the Chargers.

It’s unfortunate for a supremely talented player, but the league doesn’t stop for anyone and if you can’t stay on the field, you quickly become an afterthought.

The Chargers would be showing great faith and loyalty to Verrett if he were to be brought back, but that option seems unlikely.

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