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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 Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers
(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers

Taylor Gabriel

Taylor Gabriel is another speedy receiver that could likely be signed at a good price by the Chargers. He was recently released by the Chicago Bears for cap-related reasons after an injury-riddled 2019 season.

Despite his release, Gabriel clearly has the ability to serve as an effective third option at receiver, demonstrated by his 67-reception, 688-yard 2018 season.

While being known primarily for his speed, Gabriel also has some sweet route-running moves that make him a more well-rounded option than one might expect.

Oh mercy. Taylor Gabriel just sat Malcolm Butler right down pic.twitter.com/ZB1akyW0jj

— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) February 6, 2017

Gabriel would not come super-cheap, but he should come cheaper than the 4-year $26 million contract that he had for the Bears. This fact along with the fact that Gabriel is an established NFL veteran should make him one of the best potential options at the third receiver position for the Chargers.

Conclusions

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Once you look past the higher-profile free agents, the free-agent options at receiver are abundant for the Los Angeles Chargers.

Their decision rests upon several factors.

First, are the Chargers willing to go into the 2020 draft knowing that they must draft a player capable of playing the third receiver position immediately? Second, how much are the Chargers willing to pay to have a good plan at the third receiver position? Third, what type of player would they prefer at the position (e.g. a possession receiver or a burner)?

I would lean towards seeking a reliable option for a third receiver if possible. Ideally, this would be a cheap but talented player with good experience. This makes Taylor Gabriel an excellent option.

However, if Gabriel’s price rises too far, an option such as Demarcus Robinson or Marcus Johnson could be a better middle-ground. Still, the Chargers could be seeking a possession receiver over a burner given that there is a good chance that Tyrod Taylor will be the starting quarterback this year.

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These are all factors to consider when choosing to sign a wide receiver from the 2020 free-agent class. Hopefully, Tom Telesco can continue his excellent offseason by bolstering the wide receiver room.

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