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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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LANDOVER, MD – JANUARY 10: Tackle Trent Williams #71 of the Washington Redskins covers his face with a towel against the Green Bay Packers in the fourth quarter during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at FedExField on January 10, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD – JANUARY 10: Tackle Trent Williams #71 of the Washington Redskins covers his face with a towel against the Green Bay Packers in the fourth quarter during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at FedExField on January 10, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Chargers reason No. 3: Who plays right tackle?

When Okung returns, and it does sound like he will before the midpoint of the season, who switches to right tackle? No team would trade for a part-time left tackle who carries that amount of cap space when their former Pro-Bowl tackle and team leader is set to return. So, the Chargers would inevitably have to shift one of them to right tackle, though both of them have been long-time left tackles throughout their NFL careers.

This is the least problematic of the five reasons this won’t work. This wouldn’t stop a trade from happening, but rather make the situation increasingly difficult as the season progresses and Okung inches closer to being cleared. Would either Williams or Okung switch?

When asking Riggo’s Rag (who covers the Washington Redskins) about Williams, here’s what they had to say about a potential switch:

“He could do it. He’s one of the best left tackles in the league. He’s a good leader though, so I could see him doing it” –riggosrag.com

Williams has been the better player over his career, but Okung is now entering his third year with the Chargers and has been a steady presence on the left side. This would be the best problem to have, and to be honest, an uncomfortable Okung on the right side would still be better than Tevi, who unfortunately does not look to have taken a leap forward this offseason. Still, this is just another obstacle for the Chargers to have to overcome to make the trade work.

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