Chargers reason No. 1: They’re infatuated with Sam Tevi
Sadly, this is the main reason a trade for Trent Williams won’t happen. This plays in line with point No. 3, where either Okung or Williams would have to switch to right tackle. Is the organization willing to let their coveted former sixth-round pick sit on the bench? Thus far, there has been no competition for Tevi at right tackle. Not a draft pick, not a free agent signing, not even a player already on the roster. The only reason Tevi is not playing right tackle is because Scott slides over and Tevi flips to left tackle for a few snaps.
This ultimately is the reason for a lack of moves tackle in any capacity this offseason. Jawaan Taylor, Cody Ford, and Dalton Risner on the board? Draft Jerry Tillery, who although did fill a position of need was still a surprise to many fans considering who was available. Fan-favorite free agent tackle still on the market? The Chargers are going to pass, because they wholeheartedly believe in Tevi. There is nothing wrong with believing in player development and backing a pick who deserves a roster spot this season. Hopefully, it’s not to their demise.
Those five reasons make it incredibly difficult for the Chargers to make a swap of Gordon for Williams. Would it help the Chargers on the field? Absolutely, especially considering they would be able to rid themselves of the Gordon distraction. It would be a huge boost for an offense to go into the postseason with two franchise tackles, Forrest Lamp, and Pro-Bowl center Mike Pouncey bullying defenses for Ekeler, Jackson, and Newsome. But the trade is so much more difficult to pull off than many fans seem to believe. One can only hope the tackles put together three dominant performances in the next three preseason games.