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Chargers: 4 players who should be elsewhere in 2020

MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 29: Denzel Perryman #52 of the Los Angeles Chargers during pregame warmups before the start of the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 29: Denzel Perryman #52 of the Los Angeles Chargers during pregame warmups before the start of the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 13: Wide receiver Travis Benjamin #12 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Dignity Health Sports Park on October 13, 2019, in Carson, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 13: Wide receiver Travis Benjamin #12 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Dignity Health Sports Park on October 13, 2019, in Carson, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)

Travis Benjamin

It should come as no surprise to see Benjamin on this list as the team likely should have moved on from him prior to this season. He will be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end and should be looking to become part of a different team’s receiving corps.

Benjamin had a solid 2016 season, his first with the Chargers. He caught 47 passes that year and found the end zone four times, but his numbers have regressed in each season since. He has caught only six passes this season and was a non-factor on offense before being placed on injured reserve with a quad injury.

The Chargers have no reason to bring Benjamin back despite there being a need for depth at the wide receiver position.

He was one of the team’s major free-agent signings in 2016 and despite playing well that year, has never lived up to the contract he was given by the team. Now, it’s time to move on.

The Chargers have Keenan Allen and Mike Williams and it would be a good plan to add a top rookie or free-agent wide receiver to that mix. But the young developing wide receivers on the roster such as Andre Patton and Jason Moore offer more upside than Benjamin does at this point.

He will be 30 years old next season and will likely get a team to offer him a one-year, “prove it” type of deal, but his best days are likely behind him and the Chargers have gotten what they could out of him.

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