3. Simply put, Desmond King is expendable
Desmond King is a fan-favorite and there are a lot of people who are going to disagree with this but it isn’t just this trade that would be worth trading King as he is expendable this offseason.
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Yes, he had a great 2018 season and is a great story but he was not the same guy in 2019. And while he should be slated to get Adrian Phillips’ role in the defense in 2020, the team simply does not need him with the addition of Chris Harris and the rest of the defensive unit.
Plus, if the team does take the best available in Okudah or Simmons then King would be a bit redundant. Okudah is an elite cornerback talent who could play out-wide right away, allowing Michael Davis and Brandon Facyson to help more in the nickel in other roles while Harris is the slot corner.
Simmons is an outside linebacker who could literally play anywhere on the field, similar to Derwin James, and would take what Adrian Phillips did with his role on the defense and blow it out of the water. He is an athletic specimen.
Heck, King is not even going to be contributing to special teams as the Chargers signed Darius Jennings to take over the return duties. Everything the team is doing, whether it is bringing in Jennings or signing Harris, seems to indicate that the Chargers are moving on.
King only has one more year left under contract. This is the most important season of his career and while he could have a breakout year, the Chargers would be better off getting an anchor on the offensive line for multiple years rather than hoping King returns to form and then decides to stay in LA.
Get something for him while you can and if that something is Trent Williams then the LA Chargers should not even think twice.