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LA Chargers: Projecting the 2020 offensive depth chart

CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 15: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers in action during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 15, 2019 in Carson, California. The Vikings defeated the Chargers 39-10. (Photo by Rob Leiter via Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 15: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers in action during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 15, 2019 in Carson, California. The Vikings defeated the Chargers 39-10. (Photo by Rob Leiter via Getty Images)
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OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 07: Hunter Henry #86 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during the warm-up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at RingCentral Coliseum on November 07, 2019, in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 07: Hunter Henry #86 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during the warm-up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at RingCentral Coliseum on November 07, 2019, in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Tight Ends: Hunter Henry, Virgil Green, Harrison Bryant, Sean Culkin

While it may end up being a competitive free agency for the star tight end, Hunter Henry ends up returning on a three or four-year contract. The average annual value could be somewhere around eight to ten million dollars.  While injuries have to be taken into account, the Chargers don’t have many options here.

Even with a knee fracture in 2019, Henry managed to only miss four games and put up some great numbers considering the time he missed. It’s a risky contract, but it’s less of a risk considering the nature of contracts in football. Whether the quarterback is Taylor or Brady, Henry’s skill set is needed.

Virgil Green is still under contract and he’s been serviceable during his tenure. With Henry getting the bulk of the snaps, he doesn’t need to do a whole lot other than the occasional reception or two per game.

Sean Culkin’s 2019 ended with an Achilles injury, but he’s still efficient when it comes to blocking sets. In addition, his contract would be fairly cheap, even as a restricted free agent.

A late-day two draft target that makes sense for the Chargers is Harrison Bryant. He developed a lot in 2019 with his first 1,000-yard season. His 15.4 yards per catch and seven touchdowns aren’t too shabby either. He isn’t the most dynamic athlete, but he’s a physical force to be reckoned with.

Check out our tight end Harrison Bryant. FAU Football !! pic.twitter.com/4N81R93RO1

— Dr. Richard Staller (@Dr_Staller) November 24, 2019

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