Third most tradable player on the LA Chargers: Mike Pouncey
Now, we get to the players that are more reasonable to trade if an interested party emerges, particularly in the event of a poor season.
Center Mike Pouncey is an aging veteran who has a history of elite play but has seen some regression recently, likely in part due to an extensive injury history, including a concerning hip injury and a near career-ending neck injury.
Despite these injuries, Pouncey is once again cleared to play, and he is expected to resume his place as the signal-caller on the Chargers offensive line.
However, at 30 years old, his play is regressing quickly, and he likely does not fit into the Chargers’ long-term plans. He has a contract that is expiring this year and is unlikely to be renewed unless Pouncey accepts a significant pay cut.
On top of all of these facts, there are younger players behind Pouncey on the depth chart that performed as well, if not better than Pouncey last year. According to PFF, Mike Pouncey earned a grade of 58.2 in 2019, while his backup, Scott Quessenberry, earned a similar 58.4 grade.
Having Quessenberry as a backup is a fantastic asset for an oft-injured Chargers line if the season is promising. If the Chargers go downhill fast, it may be ideal for the Chargers and Pouncey to make a trade to a contender, assuming Pouncey can reach that level again.
Given Pouncey’s age and injury history, the best the Chargers could likely expect from Pouncey would be a fifth-round pick or later. Again, this would only work under very specific circumstances, but given poor play by the team and good play by Pouncey, a trade could be feasible. Low trade value and the need for depth on the interior of the offensive line make Pouncey unlikely to be traded.