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LA Chargers: Making the case for a Desmond King-Trent Williams trade

(Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images) - LA Chargers Rumors Desmond King
(Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images) - LA Chargers Rumors Desmond King
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(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

1. The LA Chargers have the money to extend Trent Williams

The main reason why many Charger fans seemed to reject the idea of this trade is because of the money that the team would have to pay to extend Trent Williams. Williams is undoubtedly going to be asking for a new contract as part of a trade and that contract will be expensive.

He probably hurt his value by sitting out all of 2019, but he will get some decent money. The tackle that has the highest average salary in the NFL is Lane Johnson, who is making $18 million per season. All of the top-five are $15.5 million or more per year and I think Williams gets slightly less than that.

I could see Williams agreeing to a three-year, $40 million contract with an extra $1 million each season in incentives if he plays 14 games in the season. A $14.3 million annual salary, with the incentives, would give him the eighth-highest salary for a tackle.

That might seem daunting, but the Chargers have the money. The cap is expected to spike after this season and as of right now, the Chargers have the least amount of money of any team in the league on the books for the 2021 season.

The Chargers have 22 players locked down for 2021 and Spotrac estimates (before the official cap number) that the team will have $147 million for the top-51 players. Let’s break down how that would work.

First, we subtract $20 million for the two draft classes in 2020 and 2021 (it would be slightly less, but still). That would bring the total roster size up to 35 with $127 million in cap.

But then the team needs to re-sign both Joey Bosa and Keenan Allen. The combined value of those two per year with be somewhere from $36-40 million, and if we take the higher number, it would bring the cap down to $87 million with 37 players.

Add Williams on a $13.3 million cap hit and Mike Williams’ ~$14 million fifth-year option and the Chargers would have $59.3 million with 39 players on the roster, most of which being starters. Even if they pay Hunter Henry Austin Hooper money they would have just under $50 million to bring in roughly 15-20 depth pieces.

The only problem would be how it affects this year’s cao. However, by sending King, the Chargers could easily maneuver the team’s contracts to squeeze under the cap this year.

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