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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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CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 22: Sam Tevi #69 blocks as Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers eludes a tackle by Terrell Suggs #55 of the Baltimore Ravens during the second half of a game at StubHub Center on December 22, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 22: Sam Tevi #69 blocks as Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers eludes a tackle by Terrell Suggs #55 of the Baltimore Ravens during the second half of a game at StubHub Center on December 22, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Chargers solution: Switch Williams to right tackle

When asked if Williams could switch to right tackle, Riggo’s Rag also had this to say:

He could do it. He’s one of the best left tackles in the league. The question is whether he would do it or if he’d want to. He’s a good leader though so I could see him doing it.

This is not to say that trading for Williams is a sure-fire smart decision, but it would help maximize the Chargers’ return on investment. If Okung returns and can play, and Williams is fine with moving to right tackle, the Chargers would be immensely better on the field. Instead of a question mark at right tackle, the team would have one of the league’s best bookends heading into the postseason.

Hell of a job by Trent Williams getting to the edge to make the block and spring Chris Thompson free on his TD run. pic.twitter.com/J53BhiEdhO

— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) September 17, 2017

Any fan who supports an all-in approach by the Chargers in 2019 were likely disappointed by free agency, but could be thrilled to see the Chargers make a move to not hinder themselves on the field by trading for an upgrade in Williams. The veteran tackle, in theory, could start at left tackle before moving to the right, where Tevi could remain a reserve swing tackle if needed. It’s not the most financially responsible move, nor is it a move the team has a history of executing. The team would suffer the most in 2020 when Rivers and Gordon have expiring contracts, as well as in the draft where they would likely be without two picks. But in a year where the Chargers should be feeling Super Bowl-or-bust, all options should be considered.

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