LA Chargers: How Joey Bosa’s extension impacts other key free agents next season
By Brandon Viera
LA Chargers free agent four: Desmond King
Desmond King may be on very thin ice with the Chargers. He had some disciplinary issues this past season, along with seeing a pretty steep drop-off in play. It seems very clear that whether or not King is on the team is based off of things only he can control, regardless of Bosa’s contract extension.
Desmond King is incredibly young, and would very likely come at an incredibly low price for a player with his potential talent. As with Austin Ekeler, King being only a fifth-round pick helps to keep the price on his second contract relatively low unless he were to show the Chargers that he was a top cornerback in the league.
If King is able to keep it together with the effort and discipline, he can for sure be a crucial piece of an incredibly talented defense for years to come. Chris Harris Jr. may look like he is taking King’s spot, but King is incredibly versatile and will be able to be placed at multiple spots on the field.
Along with the large age difference between the two, King could be here for the long term, and it is very likely that Harris Jr. is not.
Desmond King is currently only under contract for $670,000 per year. As stated before a raise comparable to Austin Ekeler could be in store if he can play as he did in his rookie season. Signing King for four to five years at $5 million annually would make an incredible amount of sense for the team regardless of the money that Joey Bosa was just given.