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Should Chargers trade for a potentially part-time Trent Williams?

LANDOVER - SEPTEMBER 19: Trent Williams #71 of the Washington Redskins is consoled by head coach Mike Shanahan during the game against the Houston Texans at FedExField on September 19, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Texans defeated the Redskins in overtime 30-27. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
LANDOVER - SEPTEMBER 19: Trent Williams #71 of the Washington Redskins is consoled by head coach Mike Shanahan during the game against the Houston Texans at FedExField on September 19, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Texans defeated the Redskins in overtime 30-27. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 02: Mike Badgley #4 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates with Russell Okung #76 after kicking the game winning field goal to give the Chargers a 33-30 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 2, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 02: Mike Badgley #4 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates with Russell Okung #76 after kicking the game winning field goal to give the Chargers a 33-30 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 2, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

The Chargers need to consider all options with Russell Okung dealing with an undisclosed injury. Is a Trent Williams trade worth it?

The Chargers should be considering all options with Russell Okung, the team’s starting left tackle, dealing with an undisclosed injury:

Lynn provided no update on LT Russell Okung, who missed this week's minicamp with an undisclosed injury. The Chargers do not know if Okung will be ready for training camp in July.

— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) June 13, 2019

Apparently, the Chargers are unsure (which really means unwilling to disclose) what the duration of Okung’s absence will be. First they were hopeful the veteran could return by training camp, and now it’s unsure if he will return by then.

The Chargers should only express interest in trading for or signing a left tackle if they feel Okung will be out for an extended period of time. Sam Tevi is not the answer at potentially the second-most important position on the roster, and he should be focused on nothing but manning the right tackle spot. No other tackle on this roster is capable of starting, unless Forrest Lamp feels he can. And even then, that’s a big unknown. The Chargers do not want unknowns facing

  • Week 1: Colts
  • Week 2: Lions
  • Week 3: Texans
  • Week 4: Dolphins
  • Week 5: Broncos
  • Week 6: Steelers
  • Week 7: Titans
  • Week 8: Bears

to open the season. The team was one game away from having a first-round bye last season, and must do whatever it takes to ensure they skip the Wild Card Round and play the New England Patriots as late as possible, if at all.

They need a leader, a veteran, and a good starter; who better than Trent Williams, who reportedly is unhappy with his current contract?

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