The 2020 season is an important one for the LA Chargers. While the team starts a new era with Philip Rivers not under center, success in the 2020 season is imperative as it could affect the long-term future of the team.
The Chargers have the most expected cap space for the 2021 season and that is because the team has 15 players that will be unrestricted free agents after this season with another eight restricted free agents.
How successful the team is in 2020 could influence how appealing it is for some of the bigger names to return to the Bolts. Individual performances will also impact how the Chargers view some of the players that are on the fringe.
We decided to take a way-too-early look at the expected free agents and rank the top five by the Chargers’ expected priority to re-sign them.
Ranking the top-five 2021 free agents for the LA Chargers:
5. Desmond King
The 2020 season is arguably the most important for Desmond King, as it is going to affect his next payday significantly. If King can return to All-Pro form then he is going to get a nice payday, whether it be from the LA Chargers or another team.
However, if he has another mediocre season then he won’t get much and if he continues to regress then there might not be much of a market at all for him. It is highly unlikely that he plays even worse than he did in 2019.
He was not awful in 2019, but he certainly has the raw talent and capability to be a serviceable NFL player at worst.
King has a new role this season as well as he is likely going to take up the safety/linebacker hybrid role that Adrian Phillips perfected on the defense in the last few seasons.
If he thrives in that role then he would be a big part of the defense to keep around for the years to come. However, if he is average in his role, then he becomes a player that the Chargers can afford to let walk, focusing on other free agents.