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Los Angeles Chargers: Bargain free-agent wide receivers to target

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - DECEMBER 16: Wide receiver Marcus Johnson #83 of the Indianapolis Colts makes a catch for first down over cornerback Eli Apple #25 of the New Orleans Saints during the game at Mercedes Benz Superdome on December 16, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - DECEMBER 16: Wide receiver Marcus Johnson #83 of the Indianapolis Colts makes a catch for first down over cornerback Eli Apple #25 of the New Orleans Saints during the game at Mercedes Benz Superdome on December 16, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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(Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers
(Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers

During the 2019 season, the Chargers were clearly hampered by their complete lack of a third option at wide receiver. Below are some options for the Chargers that will not break the bank.

In 2019, the Los Angeles Chargers were abysmal at the wide receiver position behind Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. The third-highest receiver in terms of yards for the Chargers was Dontrelle Inman with a paltry 132 yards, followed by a meager 56 from Andre Patton.

While the Chargers may be tempted to pay up for a third receiver to fix their clear need, they were burned fairly badly last time they did so, as they just ended up cutting their underwhelming 2016 signee, Travis Benjamin. Furthermore, this free-agent class appears quite top-heavy, meaning that the Chargers would pay a hefty premium for one of its top options.

And while the 2020 NFL Draft class is stacked at wide receiver, most of the players that are expected to make an impact during their rookie season seem to be rising into the first or second-round range, including pre-combine sleepers such as Denzel Mims, Michael Pittman Jr., and Chase Claypool.

This may be a bit too steep of a price for the Chargers to pay for a third wide receiver when the team needs a quarterback and left tackle of the future.

Due to these reasons, there is a need for the Chargers to seek a veteran free agent option who can be a reliable set of hands for whoever the Chargers’ starting quarterback is next year. Furthermore, adequately filling the need at the third receiver position would allow the Chargers to follow a best-player available approach and draft a receiver when a good value is available.

With this need established, here are some cheap free-agent receivers for the Los Angeles Chargers to consider.

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