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Chargers: 4 players who should be elsewhere in 2020

By Travis Wakeman
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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LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 21: Denzel Perryman #52 of the Los Angeles Chargers helmet comes off after he tackles Dion Lewis #33 of the Tennessee Titans during the NFL International Series game between Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley Stadium on October 21, 2018, in London, England. (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 21: Denzel Perryman #52 of the Los Angeles Chargers helmet comes off after he tackles Dion Lewis #33 of the Tennessee Titans during the NFL International Series game between Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley Stadium on October 21, 2018, in London, England. (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images) /

Denzel Perryman

There are fans who may dislike the idea of moving on from Perryman, but the Chargers have added players to the linebacker corps that are simply more effective players than he is. Both Kyzir White and Drue Tranquill appear to be better players to hedge any future bets on.

Perryman has been good during his tenure with the team when he’s been on the field. But that has been the problem. He’s had a difficult time staying healthy. Perryman has been benched this season as well as made a healthy scratch, something that is never a good sign for a former second-round pick.

Perryman is in his fifth year with the team and has one year remaining on his deal, so moving on from him is not an absolute must. But he should only be kept around if he is not going to stun the growth of players such as White and Tranquill, who has been fantastic as a rookie.

Cutting Perryman this offseason would incur a dead-money hit, so looking for a trade partner might be an idea for Telesco to consider. He has worked hard to improve the linebacker group and Perryman was the pick he made to start that improvement. It may be hard for him to move on from him, but it’s something that should be entertained.

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