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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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ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 11: Trent Williams #71 of the Washington Redskins reacts after Robert Alford #23 of the Atlanta Falcons returned an interception for a touchdown in their 25-19 loss at Georgia Dome on October 11, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 11: Trent Williams #71 of the Washington Redskins reacts after Robert Alford #23 of the Atlanta Falcons returned an interception for a touchdown in their 25-19 loss at Georgia Dome on October 11, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Chargers option: Trent Williams

Bolt Beat asked Riggo’s Rag, who covers the Washington Redskins, what the potential draft pick compensation for someone like Williams would be. This is what they had to say:

If they’re forced to trade him, I’d guess they’d want a second and a Day 3 pick. But they don’t want to move him. They’d be in awful shape at tackle if they move him.

It’s not the draft pick compensation that’s the problem, though. In fact, there are two issues on the Chargers’ end:

  1. Cap space
  2. Okung’s return

According to Spotrac.com, Williams currently has two years left on his current deal, with cap hits of $14.729 million and $14.655 million in 2019 and 2020, respectively. The Chargers have no problem paying this amount for offensive line talent, and currently have a $15.968 million and $16.0 million cap hit for Okung over the same two seasons. However, paying two tackles this amount may be out of the question. The Chargers are currently looking at extensions for notable players like Melvin Gordon, Philip Rivers, and Joey Bosa, so adding Williams would only make it harder to retain those players.

The second problem is the potential return of Okung. If the veteran tackle is only out for half a season or less, then Williams’ addition at left tackle would only be part-time. How can the team figure out how to make both players work?

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