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How Chargers can address biggest remaining weaknesses

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 24: Seantrel Henderson #66 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates with the fans after the game against the New York Jets at Ford Field on November 24, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Bills defeated the Jets 38-3. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 24: Seantrel Henderson #66 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates with the fans after the game against the New York Jets at Ford Field on November 24, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Bills defeated the Jets 38-3. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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OAKLAND, CA – OCTOBER 15: Trevor Williams #24 of the Los Angeles Chargers defends a pass intended for Michael Crabtree #15 of the Oakland Raiders during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 15, 2017, in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA – OCTOBER 15: Trevor Williams #24 of the Los Angeles Chargers defends a pass intended for Michael Crabtree #15 of the Oakland Raiders during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 15, 2017, in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Current starters: Casey Hayward, Trevor Williams

Like punter, this may not actually be a weakness (are you sensing a theme here) but because it’s tough to project what Williams brings to the table, it’s possible that it could be. Of course, with solid depth behind him in Desmond King and Michael Davis, it’s not likely that the Chargers will look elsewhere for another cornerback.

But if they did, here are some options.

Free agent: Orlando Scandrick

There are a few veteran free agents still available such as Morris Claiborne and Brent Grimes, but Scandrick has had a solid career, even if it has largely gone unnoticed.

He is still 32 years old and has over a decade of NFL playing experience, mostly with the Dallas Cowboys. After a short stint with the Washington Redskins last season, he signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs and he played well for the team, including recording 13 pass deflections.

Whether or not he would be a better option than Williams is up for debate, and most Chargers fans would likely side with him not being an upgrade, but he certainly has more playing experience and likely still has some good play left in the tank.

Trade with Arizona Cardinals

This is another trade scenario that likely doesn’t incite a ton of excitement, but when looking for trade partners, you try to find teams with several solid options at a position. The Cardinals obviously have Patrick Peterson but the team has addressed the cornerback position this offseason by signing Robert Alford and then using their second-round pick to select Byron Murphy.

David Amerson is not an All-Pro corner, but he is a former second-round pick who is only 27 years old and has nine career interceptions. He could get lost in the shuffle in Arizona and seeing that in advance, the Cards might be inclined to give him up for next to nothing.

He is in the final year of a two-year, $1.59 million dollar deal which averages about $797,000 annually. Again, not a likely move, but one that wouldn’t hurt to look into.

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