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LA Chargers: Looking at tight end options beyond 2020

MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 02: George Kittle #85 of the San Francisco 49ers warms up prior to Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 02: George Kittle #85 of the San Francisco 49ers warms up prior to Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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Tight end option four: Selecting a tight end in the 2021 NFL Draft

The safest bet here could be letting Henry walk or once again using the franchise tag on him next season, and selecting a tight end in the 2021 NFL Draft. The 2021 class seems to have multiple premiere tight ends and using a late first or even second-round pick on one could be the route Tom Telesco may look to go.

Drafting a tight end will give the team a cheap option to replace Henry, whether or not they decide to use the franchise tag on him again. One tight end I particularly like is Pat Freiermuth out of Penn State University.

Freiermuth is a big pass-catcher who also happens to be an excellent blocker, which would be a perfect fit in the LA Chargers’ offense. Other premier tight ends who will be draft-eligible next year are Kyle Pitts, Brevin Jordan, and Matt Bushman.

Finding a stud tight end in the draft could save the Chargers $9 million or more in cap space per year (being compared to a contract that would be offered to Henry), while giving them comparable production to some of the above-average tight ends in the league.

With the extra cap space, they can find players at other positions to fill out the roster from a depth standpoint, put it towards signing those core players that have been previously mentioned, or even signing premier talent at other positions.

Selecting a tight end to replace Hunter Henry in the 2021 NFL Draft could certainly be a decision Tom Telesco and the front office make to try and create a younger but equally talented LA Chargers roster for the future.

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