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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PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 02: Travis Benjamin #12 of the Los Angeles Chargers catches a pass for a 46-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 2, 2018, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 02: Travis Benjamin #12 of the Los Angeles Chargers catches a pass for a 46-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 2, 2018, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Travis Benjamin

Travis Benjamin is a player the Chargers should have already moved on from, in my opinion, as he is replaceable in every way. If the Chargers were to cut him, it would save $5.25 million against the cap and give the team some extra money to re-sign Tyrell Williams, an unrestricted free agent.

Benjamin is a speedy deep threat, but Williams is a better, more consistent player who isn’t a bad deep threat himself. Williams may get a big offer from another team that the Chargers can’t compete with but even then, Benjamin is a guy the team should move on from.

Young wide receivers such as Artavis Scott and Dylan Cantrell are on the roster and cutting Benjamin could open a door for them.

Benjamin’s numbers have declined in each of his seasons with the Chargers, from 47 receptions in 2016 all the way down to just 12 catches last year. They can get 12 receptions out of pretty much anyone on the roster.

If you point to Benjamin’s ability as a return man, King has overtaken him there, too. King is a smarter return man who has just as much big-play ability as Benjamin.

Whether or not the team thinks it can keep Williams will be a huge factor in their decision with Benjamin. If they feel he is going to get away, they may keep Benjamin for depth, but with only $18.4 million in cap space as it stands now, he is a prime candidate to be cut.

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