Biggest bargains on the LA Chargers roster: 2. Casey Hayward
- 2020 cap hit: $10.75 million
Keenan Allen is the third-highest-paid player on the LA Chargers and Casey Hayward is the fourth. That is not the only reason why Hayward is considered a bigger bargain, although it does have an impact in the ranking.
In terms of bargains, Allen and Hayward are almost identical. Both are top players at their position who are underpaid compared to where they rank in the league. The difference with Hayward, though, is that he is paid less while also having the better recent season.
Hayward is undoubtedly one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. While you could argue and make the case for Keenan Allen being in the top-five, there is no argument to have with Hayward. He is one of the five best corners in the league. Period.
Pro Football Focus ranked Hayward as the fifth-best cornerback in the NFL as the end of last season and he has consistently put together great season after great season. His PFF grades since becoming a Charger are:
- 2019: 83.0
- 2018: 78.5
- 2017: 91.1
- 2016: 82.8
He is a two-time Pro Bowler in that span, although he easily could have been a Pro Bowler in all four seasons. He is the best cornerback that the team has had since Antonio Cromartie and there are 10 cornerbacks that will make more than him in 2020. Nine of those 10 make at least $3 million more, which is nearly a third of Hayward’s current salary.