LA Chargers trade option number five: Malik Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
At one point in the last few years, many people around the league thought that Malik Jackson was going to do what Chris Jones has done and become the league’s next great defensive tackle.
In 2016 and 2017 he compiled 14.5 sacks for the Jacksonville Jaguars and looked like he was on his way to stardom. Then the injury bug hit and he didn’t even play two games for the Philadelphia Eagles last season. The talent is still there, the health hasn’t been.
This could be an enticing option because the Chargers could add a talented player at a position of need and likely get a high-ish draft pick.
The Chargers aren’t going to be able to re-sign everyone in 2021, so freeing up some cap space and offloading King for Jackson and say a third-round pick is kind of tempting to me. The Eagles have shown they’re willing to be aggressive in the trade market and even though they added Darius Slay, that secondary still needs help.
Jackson would be a good addition basically for the same reasons Jones would be, just not to that same scale obviously. In this case, the Chargers are getting more of a depth piece who could start in case of injury.
The signing of Linval Joseph is going to be very helpful for this defense, but if he gets injured the Chargers could be in big-time trouble with only Justin Jones, Damion Square and Tillery stepping in behind him.
This trade wouldn’t be the flashiest, but swapping a quality depth piece at a position where there’s a logjam for a quality depth piece at a position of need could make sense, for both teams really.
I am rooting for a bounce-back season for Desmond King, but if the LA Chargers do decide to move on I think any one of these trades could be good options for the team.