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Los Angeles Chargers: Potential trades that could help fix issue at wide receiver

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 23: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos has a second quarter catch as cornerback Jason Verrett #22 of the San Diego Chargers defends during a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 23, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 23: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos has a second quarter catch as cornerback Jason Verrett #22 of the San Diego Chargers defends during a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 23, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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DENVER, CO – JANUARY 3: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos looks for yardage after a catch on a play that would go for 46 yards before a Fumble by Sanders that was recovered by cornerback Steve Williams #23 of the San Diego Chargers, in the first quarter of a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 3, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – JANUARY 3: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos looks for yardage after a catch on a play that would go for 46 yards before a Fumble by Sanders that was recovered by cornerback Steve Williams #23 of the San Diego Chargers, in the first quarter of a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 3, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Emmanuel Sanders

This one would be much trickier, as it’s always more difficult to pluck a player away from a divisional rival. However, there might not be a more tradeable wide receiver in the entire league right now than Sanders.

The Denver Broncos are in the midst of a miserable season and it’s unlikely that things are going to get any better. As a result, the team should consider shopping some of its top assets that are in a contract year.

Sanders checks both of those boxes and would give Philip Rivers an excellent target to get the ball to.

Sanders is in the final year of his contract with the Broncos but still competes at a high level and is capable of making as many big plays down the field as just about any receiver in football. The Broncos would not be thrilled to get rid of Sanders but the team understands the business side of things and with the likelihood that Sanders signs with a new team next season, the Broncos need to get what they can for him.

That price would likely be substantially more in order to send him to a divisional rival. It’s hard to determine the compensation due to that, but we’ll say that the Broncos squeeze a fourth-round pick out of the Chargers. The Chargers only make this move if they feel they can sign Sanders past this season, however.

Giving up a pick that high would be too rich for a short-term rental but even in the short term, the Chargers could see Sanders as the kind of player who could put the offense over the top.

Because this deal would take place between two AFC West teams, it’s not likely.

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