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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LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 21: Denzel Perryman of Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his interception during the NFL International Series match between Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley Stadium on October 21, 2018, in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 21: Denzel Perryman of Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his interception during the NFL International Series match between Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley Stadium on October 21, 2018, in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Denzel Perryman

A team’s linebackers are always expected to lead the defense, and when he is on the field, Denzel Perryman displays a leadership presence. The key word in that sentence is “when”.

For the same reason as Verrett, the Chargers could likely move on from Perryman because he can’t stay on the field. The former second-round pick has missed 22 games during his four-year career and has yet to play a full 16-game season.

His availability percentage of 65.6 is better than Verrett, but still not great. He played in just seven games in 2017 and nine games this past season.

Telesco drafted Uchenna Nwosu and Kyzir White last season to replenish the linebacker spot with eyes on this season as both Perryman and Kyle Emanuel will be unrestricted free agents.

Like Verrett, Perryman’s talent when on the field can’t be questioned. He’s a thumper against ball carriers and makes the team much better in defending the run.

He is still just 26 years old and likely has plenty of good football left in him, but how much more time and money can a team invest in a player that can’t stay healthy? It’s unfortunate for Perryman, but the NFL is a business at the end of the day and injuries have derailed the careers of many players.

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