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Chargers: Five reasons trading for Trent Williams won’t work

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 23: Trent Williams #71 of the Washington Redskins enters the field to take on the Philadelphia Eagles during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 23, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 23: Trent Williams #71 of the Washington Redskins enters the field to take on the Philadelphia Eagles during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 23, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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Many Chargers fans want to trade Melvin Gordon for Trent Williams, but there are a number of reasons why this scenario wouldn’t work.

Ever since the Chargers mentioned Russell Okung potentially missing time due to an undisclosed injury, one scenario was frequently brought up: Trading for disgruntled Pro-Bowl left tackle Trent Williams. After all, the Chargers have zero room for error in a season they must win the AFC West over the Kansas City Chiefs. With teams like the Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Chicago Bears to open the first half of the season, there was an immediate fervor among fans to figure out a short-term replacement at left tackle to protect Philip Rivers.

The Chargers have tried rotating Trent Scott with Sam Tevi at starting left tackle, as well as allowing third-round rookie Trey Pipkins to take reps with the second unit. The result: Average to terrible, and that was against the Arizona Cardinals without starters. How does Jadeveon Clowney and J.J. Watt sound?

So, enter Williams, who reportedly is refusing to play as a member of the Washington Redskins this season. The Chargers have a running back who doesn’t want to play for them, and the Redskins have a left tackle who doesn’t want to play for them, so it makes perfect sense…right?

Now, before continuing, let’s make a few things perfectly clear:

  1. The Chargers need to upgrade their offensive tackle situation and will lose multiple games because of both left and right tackle deficiencies.
  2. I am in favor of this trade and would love to see it go through. If Tom Telesco could figure it out, sign this writer up.
  3. There are many reasons why this trade could also work, and any of the five reasons have objections that can be made.
  4. This involves a Gordon for Williams trade. This will not take other picks or players into account, though it may be brought up.

So understand this is not to say I don’t want the trade to happen, or that the belief is that it can’t happen; rather, five reasons why it wouldn’t work, though there are ways to overcome these challenges. Many fans feel it’s a simple trade that Telesco should have made weeks ago, but here are five different obstacles making it more difficult to pull off.

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