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LA Chargers: Prioritizing the top players that will be free agents in 2021

CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 13: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on from the sidelines during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Dignity Health Sports Park October 13, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 13: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on from the sidelines during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Dignity Health Sports Park October 13, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

3. Hunter Henry

The LA Chargers franchise-tagged Hunter Henry for the 2020 season and it appears as if Henry is favoring an extension to stay with the team that drafted him. While on paper Henry should be a piece to lock down long-term, this is another instance of the 2020 season being extremely important for the player.

Henry is one of the best pass-catching tight ends in the league, that is irrefutable. If he would have hit the free-agent market this offseason he likely would have received a contract similar to Austin Hooper’s, if not better.

The one narrative around Henry, though, is his health. Henry has struggled with various different injuries in his four-year career that has held him back from reaching his full potential. In many ways, the 2020 season is a ‘prove it’ year for Henry to stay healthy.

If he gets injured then the Chargers are likely going to set a lower price point and not move off of that number. If he stays healthy, then I think there is zero chance that the LA Chargers let him walk away.

With some uncertainty surrounding the Chargers receiving corps in the coming seasons, keeping such a valuable weapon like Henry is imperative for a young quarterback like Justin Herbert.

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