The Los Angeles Chargers already bolstered the offensive line this week and could continue to do so with Trent Williams, who is the latest player in NFL trade rumors.
The Los Angeles Chargers, by every account, are a stingy front office group. They have been known to hold on negotiations for contracts and most notably rarely trade to bring new assets in house. 2020 could be the call for change in the association.
With the recent acquisition of the Pro-Bowl guard Trai Turner this could mean the Chargers are gearing up for the potential arrival of a new quarterback in town either with the No. 6 pick or with a free-agent signing.
Trent Williams, a former first-round pick, has been a stellar part of a decent Washington Redskins offensive line for the better part of the last 10 years. Making it to eight Pro Bowls and in 2018 allowing the fewest QB pressures in the league entirely, he is nothing short of having a great résumé.
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Recently holding out in the 2019 season due to contract disputes this has left him open to the idea of being traded away from the Redskins organization.
According to John Keim of ESPN, the Redskins are allowing Williams to seek a trade.
This brings the idea of the Chargers swooping into potentially acquire the 31-year-old veteran. Right now, having a great amount of cap space and a glaring need at the tackle position, it seems like it is no better time to try to acquire top tier talent.
The aforementioned acquisition of Trai Turner has almost guaranteed a guard spot locked up, and I believe that the franchise has not given up on Forrest Lamp, and is happy with Scott Quessenberry as well.
This leaves the two tackle spots open for grabs. Contrary to this, there are reports of the organization being in love with Trey Pipkins as well, meaning they could use Williams to lock up the offensive line for next season.
The entire reason that Williams is leaving the Redskins is to try to get a better contract and earn more money. With that being said, the Chargers have not had a premier left tackle since Billy Shields, and I believe that it is in the best interest of the entire organization to spring the assets and try to land a tackle that they could have on the team for the next 5-6 years.
The real question might b, what will the Chargers have to give up to acquire such a valuable piece of the puzzle. The short answer is a decent amount of capital, either players or draft assets.
I find it hard to believe that the Chargers would ever give up a premium pick, so consider a round one pick off the board, but maybe their second-round selection and a couple of future picks. Or even a player or two that can help Dwyane Haskins develop. (My speculation before was that they could have done a Melvin Gordon sign and trade deal).
All in all, it would be very worthwhile for the Los Angeles Chargers to obtain such a valuable offensive line asset. The concerns of him eating too much of the cap are real but not substantial. The franchise would still have more than enough money to sign back the premier players such as Joey Bosa, Desmond King, Mike Williams, Derwin James, etc.
If the Los Angeles Chargers really are in win-now mode. They should do everything they can to grab the bull by the horns and bring Trent Williams to LA.