Chargers: 7 moves team should make regarding current roster
Roster Move No. 5: Cut linebacker Denzel Perryman
Denzel Perryman is a player who had great promise and upside when coming into the league. As hard a hitter one will see at the linebacker position, many may wonder why he should be cut from the team.
The reason? Perryman has had an injury-riddled career so far (aside from this past season), and when he has been on the field he has been a solid but not over the top player.
There are younger players below Perryman who have shown promise at the linebacker position and are not getting the reps they should. Drue Tranquill was amazing considering he had very little expectations coming into the season, and he should most definitely be getting more reps at middle linebacker.
Although Kyzir White is an outside linebacker, he can very likely play at either spot on defense yet he was given very little playing time this season. Thomas Davis can still play behind them and be the leader that he is known to be in that locker room.
Perryman is a player who many wished would flourish for this Chargers defense and be the anchor that was needed at the linebacker position for years. However, there are new players who are hungry for the playing time, and the $5 million the Chargers would save would be able to go toward extending players, or signing them to improve the team.
It would not surprise anyone if Perryman was a good player on an opposing defense. However, it’s a risk the team should be willing to take, and they should cut ties with him this offseason.